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Wheeler County was Established in 1912 and was the 146th county formed in Georgia. The county was named for General Joseph Wheeler, who served in the Confederate Cavalry and later as a U.S. Army officer in the Spanish-American War.
A deep sense of community runs through Wheeler County. The simple life offers the opportunity to really know your neighbors and the town. It’s warm, caring people like these who created the reputation of Southern hospitality known the world over.
The rural landscape is lined with a variety of farms, fields and pasture land. From Vidalia onions to herds of cattle, agriculture continues to play an important role in Wheeler County.
While the charming parks and the abundance of nature make Wheeler County a great place for families, the outdoorsman can find it all! When it comes to hunting, the acres and acres of forest land make a perfect habitat for many game species. Anglers find opportunity in the beautiful lakes, streams and rivers where an abundance of fish lay in wait.
Wheeler County is home to Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge, a 1,360 acre park featuring camping, cottage, full service restaurant and a 60 room hotel style lodge. Inside the park you’ll find Wallace Adams Golf Course with its breathtaking surroundings. Loblolly pines, magnolias and the willows line the impeccable fairways. The lodge and restaurant have made this a true golf destination for many years.
Sheila Cheek, Clerk
Mayor of Alamo
Clerk of Superior Court
Mayor of Glenwood
Wheeler County Board of Commissioners
Judge Jolinda Harrelson
Keith McNeal Rochelle Culver
Wheeler County Transit
Superintendent: Mark Davidson 912-568-7198
Middle & High School
50 Snowhill Road Alamo, GA 30411
63 South Commerce St. Alamo, GA 30411
Wheeler Country Middle & High School
Thank you for your interest in joining the Wheeler County Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to promote county unity and to work together toward common goals, build and support existing businesses, assets, and opportunities, and improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of Wheeler County.
Benefits of Chamber membership include ribbon cuttings for new businesses, monthly meetings, Member of the Month Program, Chamber webpage, the Annual Business Meeting, Annual Chamber Banquet and a Hometown Shopping Program. We are also active in many other civic and community related events.
Annual Dues: $25.00 - Individial Membership
$50.00 - Business Membership (1-5 employees)
$100.00 - Business Membership (6 or more employees)
Please complete all information on the Membership Form and return to our office along with your check.
Should you have any questions, please contact us.
Wheeler County Chamber of Commerce Development Authority 6 West Railroad Avenue
P.O. Box 654
Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7808
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General Joseph Wheeler
Historical Facts - Wheeler County
Wheeler County is named for General Joseph Wheeler, a famous Confederate Cavalry leader and Major General of Cavalry in the Spanish War.
Joseph Wheeler was born September 10, 1836, in Augusta, Georgia. He was only five feet five inches tall, and weighed about 120 pounds, but he reportedly fought like a bantam rooster. He was appointed to West Point from New York in 1854, when Brevet Colonel Robert E. Lee was superintendent. He was the lowest in his class there, but the only one to gain fame. He was sent to New Mexico, and on the way he got into a fierce fight with Indians and won the name “Fighting Joe.” At the outbreak of war, Wheeler was a 2nd lieutenant in the Mounted Rifles, USA. He resigned in order to join the Confederate Army and in 21 months was a Major General.
Wheeler fought in more than 200 engagements, had 16 horses shot out from under him, and gained a reputation for unmatched daring. Seriously wounded in a spectacular leap near Shelbyville, Tennessee, he received one of three nearly-fatal battle injuries. Captured in May, 1865, Wheeler was sent north on the boat that transported Jefferson Davis. He was imprisoned at Fort Delaware on the Delaware River until June 1865.
Besides being commemorated upon the Georgia map, the greatest honor bestowed upon the one-time Confederate came to him in Cuba. That’s where fellow-soldier and future president, Theodore Roosevelt, gave him, at age 63, a new nickname: “Gamecock of the U.S. Cavalry”.
General Wheeler died January 25, 1906 at the age of 69 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The constitutional amendment to create the county was proposed August 14, 1912, and ratified November 5, 1912.
An additional motto, In God We Trust, appears under these elements as a sign of national loyalty to the United States. Positioned within the canton is a circle of 13 white stars, symbolizing Georgia as one of the original Thirteen Colonies.
The current flag of the U.S. state of Georgia was adopted on May 8, 2003. The flag has three stripes consisting of red and white, with the state's coat of arms (taken from the state seal) on a blue field in the upper left corner. In the coat of arms, the arch symbolizes the state's Constitution and the pillars represent the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The words of the state motto, "Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation," are wrapped around the pillars, guarded by a male figure dressed in Colonial attire dating back to the American Revolution, with a drawn sword representing the defense of the Constitution.
A little more than one hundred years ago, in the days of slaves and masters, and in the days when the North and South were fighting a decisive war about slavery, a young Negro woman was buried in Wheeler County, and a tree planted by her master to shade her grave. The slave, Milly Troup, was the housekeeper for the master of Mitchell Place, Governor Troup's plantation, located about 3 miles south of Glenwood on State Route 19.
According to legend, one day while the master was away on a trip, Milly became ill from food poisoning. She died a few hours after she was stricken. When her master returned the next day, he had her buried near the house and planted an oak sapling near the grave. He gave orders that the tree was never to be cut down, but left to shade her grave for all the years to come. Today in accordance with its planter's instructions, the huge tree, standing majestically in an open field, shades the girl's grave. An aged, unkept tombstone marks the grave. The inscription reads, "Sacred to the memory of Milly Troup who departed this life on the 8th day of Oct., 1863 - Aged 22 years. She died a perfect Christian, trusting her Lord, Jesus Christ. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." A wreath carved at the top of the stone bears the initials, "M.T.”
The mammoth tree now stands in an open field a monstrous thirty feet in circumference with several branches, which are in themselves the size of an average oak, engulfing two-thirds of an acre.
Adapted from "Brief History of the Area Now Known as Wheeler County" written by Michael A. Morrison.
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Sumner & Avery LLC
Walt’s Auto Service Center
K-Matts TL, LLC
South Ga. Tool
Bumper to Bumper
Nichols, Cauley & Associates
Hilliard & Milton, LLC
Benjamin R. Benton
Bobby Cox, Sr.
David T. McNeal
Harry Lee Watson
The City of Glenwood is a family community where people still wave to each other or stop on the sidewalk to pass the time of day and catch up on the latest news.
There are several churches to choose from:
Church of God Evening Light Church of God
Glenwood Grove Baptist
Glenwood United Methodist Church
St. Paul AME
For a small city Glenwood has a lot to offer:
Almost Paradise Salon
Apple Lane/Apple Village Apartments
Ashley’s Glitz & Glamour
BJ’s Bait & Tackle
BJ’s Beauty Salon
Bran New Car Wash & Cleaners
Cat’s Home Care
Faye’s Thrift Store
Fire Deparment (Volunteer)
Get Well Drug & Dollar
Gilder Timber & Storage
Glenwood Fruit Stand
Glenwood Housing Authority
Glenwood Package Store
Glenwood Self Storage
Glenwood Telephone Company
Jackson Xpert Tax Service
Joiner Loan & Tax Service
Nursing Home, Glenwood Healthcare, LLC
2 Parks and Walking track
Red & White Grocery Store
Singletons’s Service Station
Stewart-Rosier Funeral Home
The Candle Shoppe
US Post Office
Wheeler County State Bank
Wimpey’s Custom Cabinets
., Mayor Pro-temRay Yawn, Cynthia Kinche, Billy Thigpen, James O’Brien City Clerk - Sue ConnellDeputy Clerk - Brenda CornettChief of Police - Randy Rigdon
City Hall is located | 20 N. W. Third Ave. | tel. 912-523-5223 | fax. 912-523-5257
The City of Glenwood consists of a government body made up of 6 elected officials, 1 mayor and 5 City Council Members. City Council meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at City Hall. All are welcome to attend, if you would like to speak please contact one of the clerks at least 1 week prior to scheduled meeting to be added to the agenda.
Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30
The Police Department & Volunteer Fire Department can be reached through City Hall.
Mayor - G. M. Joiner, Jr.
Mayor Pro-tem - Winston K. Powell
Council MembersCynthia Kinchen
James T. O’Brien
Winston K. Powell
Wesley Ray Yawn
Chief of Police - Randy Rigdon
Fire Chief - Roderick Yawn
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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20 West Railroad Ave.
Alamo, Ga. 30411
Susan Evans Realty, LLC912-423-9291
Pineview Investments, LLC912-568-7260
Call for available homes - 912-523-5282
￼Rodney & Dianne Brooks own & manage rental properties in the areas of Glenwood/ Alamo, Mount Vernon/Ailey and Vidalia. Brooks Properties has been in continual operation since 1969 offering home and commercial properties in these areas.
For convenience to tenants or anyone inquiring, an office is located at 14 NE Third Avenue in Glenwood.
Phone inquiries are welcomed. Houses are shown by appointments.
The goal is to help a potential tenant find the home that is suitable for their family's needs.