About Worth County
Worth County obtained its territory from Dooly and Irwin counties in 1853. The county was named for Major General William J. Worth who served in the Mexican War. The Flint River forms a part of the county’s western boundary. A dam on the river at the north county line creates Lake Blackshear.
Pindartown, an Indian village of note in pioneer days, was located on the Flint River in Worth County. For years it had the only post office in that section of the state.
Sylvester was originally known as “Isabella Station,” but in 1894 the name was changed to honor a prominent local family. The county courthouse burned down in 1982, and has since been rebuilt.
Worth County is home to Peter Pan Peanut Butter. In fact, every jar is manufactured in Sylvester.
Michigan Governor Chase S. Osborne, who made his winter home in Poulan in the early 1900s, built the famous Big Poke and Little Poke mansions in Possum Lane, now tourist attractions.
- T.C. Jeffords Park
- A shaded public park located in town near the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Georgia State Route 33. The park features a stage for public performances, several covered shelters, picnic tables, a playground, tennis courts, a cooled club house, a fountain, Ole Engine 100 and Christmas decorations during the holiday season. The Peanut Festival is currently held in T.C. Jeffords Park each year.
- Pope Park
- Shipp Park
- Gervaise Lawhorne Park
- Tyson Steel Wildlife Museum
- A museum that contains animals from around the world displayed in their natural habitat. Admission is free to the public.
OLE ENGINE 100
Ole Engine 100 is a steam locomotive that ran the rails of the Georgia-Ashburn Sylvester-Camilla Railways from 1930 to 1948 until she was replaced with the next generation of train – The Diesel. In 1957, The Little Engine That Could was donated to the Worth County/Sylvester Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sylvester by GASC railways for a well deserved rest. It now sits under a protective awning in T.C. Jeffords Park at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Georgia State Route 33.
The Peanut Festival is an annual festival held on the third weekend of October in T.C. Jeffords Park to celebrate the city’s status as Peanut Capital of the World. The event is sponsored by the Sylvester/Worth Chamber of Commerce and ConAgra Foods, makers of Peter Pan peanut butter. Activities include one of the largest parades in the Southeast and a beauty pageant with up to 100 contestants. Craftsmen from all over the state come to Sylvester to showcase their creations at the festival and some live entertainment and carnival attractions are usually on hand as well.