A statue of the Marquis de La Fayette stands atop a fountain in LaGrange's LaFayette Square.
Location in Troup County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Jim Thornton|
|• Total||29.5 sq mi (76.5 km2)|
|• Land||29.0 sq mi (75.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)|
|Elevation||781 ft (238 m)|
|• Density||1,033/sq mi (398/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||30240, 30241, 30261|
|GNIS feature ID||0316522|
LaGrange is a city and the county seat of Troup County, Georgia, United States. The population of the city is 30,452 (2013 US census estimate).Census It is the principal city of and is included in the LaGrange, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia-Alabama (part) Combined Statistical Area.
LaGrange is home to LaGrange College, the oldest private college in the state. Its proximity to West Point Lake, a few miles to the west, makes it a tourist destination for bass fishermen and water sports enthusiasts.
The settlement of LaGrange began in the early 19th century soon after the territory was ceded by the Creek Indians and the subsequent establishment of Troup County, Georgia. The City was incorporated in December 1828. During the American Civil War, LaGrange was defended by a volunteer women's auxiliary group known as the Nancy Harts. After the Confederate defeat in nearby West Point, Georgia, the Federal troops, led by Colonel Oscar LaGrange, marched north to LaGrange, with Confederate prisoners near the front of the column. The Nancy Harts formed and negotiated a surrender.
Although local assets were burned and looted by Union troops, Colonel LaGrange spared the homes of LaGrange, including Bellevue, the home of Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. This may have been a returned favor. Colonel LaGrange had previously been under Confederate medical care for wounds received and had been cared for by the niece of Senator Hill. After his care, LaGrange was later exchanged for a Confederate prisoner and returned to duty. This became an opportunity to return the kindness he had been shown.
To show their gratitude for sparing their homes, one of the Nancy Harts hosted a dinner for Colonel LaGrange, and the Colonel paroled some local prisoners so that they could attend. Many women of the town cooked all night to provide the meal. The next morning the Federal troops marched out taking various men of LaGrange as prisoners of war. They were soon freed when it was learned of Robert E. Lee's previous surrender.
LaGrange developed as a railroad center and as an industrial center for the textile industry which was established and grew from the late 19th century and peaked in the mid-20th century. The city was fortunate that as the textile industry declined it was replaced with a diverse mixture of new industry which provided strong employment for a number of years.
LaGrange maintained its position as a transportation hub with the completion of Interstates 85 and 185 which pass through the city. This location has benefitted the city development by providing industrial and commercial access for businesses, such as a Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
Interface, the world's largest manufacturer of carpet tile, was founded in LaGrange in 1973 and continues to have its largest manufacturing presence there. LaGrange is also the North American headquarters for Caterpillar's forestry division. Just south of LaGrange in neighboring West Point, Georgia, also in Troup County, KIA Motors has their only US assembly plant, and many supplier industries to KIA are located in LaGrange.
The City of LaGrange is a full service utility provider for the region, including electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, refuse collection, and telecommunication. The City was named "Intelligent Community of the Year" by the Intelligent Community Forum in 2000, joining other cities such as New York, Singapore, Seoul, Glasgow, and Toronto in a very exclusive club.Intelligent Communities List
The City of LaGrange is governed by a Mayor and City Council. The Mayor is elected city-wide and the six council members are elected by district. Jim Thornton is the current Mayor and chief executive officer of the City. The daily operations of the City are administered by a full-time City Manager. The Mayor and all council members are elected for four-year terms on a nonpartisan basis.
As of 2013 US Census Estimate, there were 30,452 people in 11,233 households residing in the city. The population density was 1033 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 48.0% Black Only, 44.5% White Only, 4.7% Hispanic/Latino, 2.5% Asian Only, 1.8% mixed race, and 0.3% other. The median household income was $30,653.
Troup County School District
The Troup County School System holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of fifteen elementary schools, three middle schools (Callaway Middle School, Gardner Newman Middle School, and Long Cane Middle School) and three high schools (Callaway High School, LaGrange High School,and Troup County Comprehensive High School. The County is divided into three school zones. The Troup County School System serves Hogansville, LaGrange, and West Point. It is home to over twenty new/recently renovated schools.
- LaGrange Academy
- Dawson Street Academy
- Lafayette Christian
- Sound Doctrine Christian Academy
- Oak Grove Christian Academy
The LaGrange-Callaway Airport is located southwest of the city of LaGrange.
The City is in the process of developing a sister city relationship in South Korea.
- Hammett L. Bowen, Jr., Recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Fuller Earle Callaway, textile magnate
- Mike Cameron, Major League Baseball player
- Tom Jarriel, ABC news correspondent, was born in LaGrange in 1934.
- John Johnson, NFL player
- Elijah Kelley, actor
- Wynona Lipman (1923–1999), first African-American woman elected to the New Jersey Senate.
- Andy "Bubba Sparxxx" Mathis, rapper
- Fred Newman, actor
- James M. Sprayberry, Recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Wesley Woodyard, National Football League player
- Louis Tompkins Wright, physician, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, the first African-American physician to be appointed to the staff of a New York City municipal hospital; notable for many scientific breakthroughs, including the introduction of intradermal smallpox vaccination.
- Horace Ward, the first African American federal judge in Georgia, who also was the first person to attempt to integrate the University of Georgia's law school.
Troup County Government Center in LaGrange
Built in 1939, the old Troup County Courthouse is still in use today as the Juvenile Courthouse. The jail behind it was torn down in 2001 when the Troup County Government Center was built. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 8, 1995.
Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill's LaGrange home, Bellevue, was built in 1854-55 in the Greek Revival plantation style. The home was acquired by the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and donated to the LaGrange Woman's Club in the 1950s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1972 and designated as a National Historic Landmark on November 7, 1973.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- LaGrange's Sister City Program, Retrieved June 26, 2010.
- Gary N. Mock, "Fuller E. Callaway, LaGrange, GA," textilehistory.org/, 2009.
- Official website
- LaGrange - Troup County Chamber of Commerce
- Nancy Harts at Battle of West Point website
- "Legacy: The Secret History of Proto-Fascism in America's Greatest Little City"