Covering an area of 265 square miles in south central Georgia, Tift County was created in 1905 from sections of Berrien, Irwin, and Worth counties. The county was named after Nelson Tift (1810-91), who was an instrumental civic and political force in the Albany area. His nephew Henry Tift founded the county seat, Tifton, in 1872 when a sawmill began operating in the town. The city was later incorporated in 1890.
Tift County is touted as the "Plant Capital of the World" because of the many different varieties of plants and vegetables that are grown in the area and shipped around the globe. With just under 3,400 students,
The county is bisected by Interstate 75, which makes it a prime location for business and industry. The area has access to the Henry Tift Myers Airport, which can support local and commuting air traffic. One of the largest employers in Tift County is Shaw Industries.
Georgia's official museum of agriculture, the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village (formerly the Georgia Agrirama), is a living history museum that recreates daily life
Annual events in Tift County include the Love Affair Fine Arts Festival, the Spring Folk Life Festival and Fiddler's Jamboree, and a Victorian Christmas.
Sarah Cochran Atwater, Tifton Centennial Commemorative Booklet: September 21-30, 1972 ([Tifton, Ga.: n.p., [1972?]).
Kayla L. Tillman, "Tifton: From Indian Trails to I-75," Tifton Magazine (November-December 1990).
Ida Belle Williams, History of Tift County (Macon, Ga.: J. W. Burke, 1948).
Carlise E. Womack, Bainbridge College
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