Lizella, Georgia

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Lizella
Unincorporated community
Lizella is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Lizella
Lizella
Coordinates: 32°48′26″N 83°49′12″W / 32.80722°N 83.82000°W / 32.80722; -83.82000Coordinates: 32°48′26″N 83°49′12″W / 32.80722°N 83.82000°W / 32.80722; -83.82000
Country USA
State Georgia
County Bibb
Area
 • Land 206.2 km2 (79.6 sq mi)
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Elevation[1] 171 m (561 ft)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 478

Lizella is a small unincorporated community in Bibb and Crawford County, Georgia, United States, about 11 miles southwest of Macon. It is part of the Macon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lizella is home to a single post office, several churches, a fire station, a sheriff's sub-station, a small shopping center, a private swimming pool, a private baseball field, and a closed elementary school (W.B. Redding Elementary School). Also, U.S. Route 80 passes through Lizella.

History[edit]

Originally Warrior, a Native American settlement, it became a white settlement in 1821. Lizella was established around 1891, when the Macon and Birmingham Railroad Co. laid tracks to LaGrange amid a collection of farms west of Macon. The community it formed was dubbed Lizella by postmaster James E. Eubanks, according to the history book 'Remembering Lizella.' Eubanks drew the name from his two daughters, Lizzie and Ella.

Recreation[edit]

A view of the calm Lake Tobesofkee in the wintertime. Taken facing Northwest from beside the Lower Thomaston Road Bridge.
Lake Tobesofkee in the Wintertime

Lake Tobesofkee, less than a mile from Lizella, has three parks. Claystone and Sandy Beach Parks, located on Moseley-Dixon Road near I-475 and Arrowhead Park, located on Columbus Road near U.S. 80. Each Park features covered picnic pavilions, clean and well maintained grounds and ample restroom facilities.

Claystone and Sandy Beach Parks have large beaches with children's playgrounds. Sandy Beach also offers lighted tennis courts and a softball field for public use. The Beaches are topped with pure, white sand during the summer season. Each beach is also staffed with lifeguards.[2]

Mother's Day Storm 2008[edit]

On Sunday, May 11, 2008, an EF2 tornado touched down in Lizella in the early morning (approx 6 am local).[3] Damage was extensive and cleanup was still ongoing as of May 5, 2009 in both Macon and Lizella.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lizella, GA". Retrieved 2-7-2012. 
  2. ^ "Tobesofkee parks and beaches". Retrieved 2-6-2012. 
  3. ^ "Mother's Day Tornado Outbreak in Georgia - Damage Photos". 5-11-2008. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ "MOTHER'S DAY TORNADOES: Bloomfield Still Damaged". 13wmaz. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2-6-2012.