Senoia, Georgia

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Senoia, Georgia
City
Motto: "The perfect setting. For life."[1]
Location in Coweta County and the state of Georgia
Location in Coweta County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°18′7″N 84°33′12″W / 33.30194°N 84.55333°W / 33.30194; -84.55333Coordinates: 33°18′7″N 84°33′12″W / 33.30194°N 84.55333°W / 33.30194; -84.55333
Country United States
State Georgia
County Coweta
Area
 • Total 5.4 sq mi (14.1 km2)
 • Land 5.4 sq mi (13.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 889 ft (271 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,307
 • Density 618/sq mi (238.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30276
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-69672[2]
GNIS feature ID 0322710[3]
Website www.senoia.com

Senoia (the historical and local pronunciation is "Seh-noy")[4] is a city in Coweta County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its population was 3,307 at the 2010 census.[5]

History[edit]

Around 1828, a large number of people traveled from Newberry, South Carolina, in covered wagons, oxcarts, on horseback, and by foot. In the group were preachers, farmers, masons, and most any other occupation of the day. The names read like a current register of the area, since these forerunners have numerous descendants still making their homes in Senoia. In the group from South Carolina were the Atkinsons, Addys, Pages, Youngs, Levells, Shells, Barnes, Falls, Moses and many others. They scattered across the countryside, each trying to find a new start. And find it they did in the rich land of eastern Coweta. Raising cotton, and livestock, the area was an agricultural Utopia.[4]

Geography[edit]

Senoia is located in southeastern Coweta County at 33°18′7″N 84°33′12″W / 33.30194°N 84.55333°W / 33.30194; -84.55333 (33.301849, -84.553450).[6] It is bordered to the north by Peachtree City in Fayette County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Senoia has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (13.9 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 2.03%, is water.[7]

Demographics[edit]

At the 2010 U.S.census,[8] there were 3,307 people, 1,175 households and 946 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 80.3% White, 14,5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population.

At the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 632 households of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median household income was $50,080 and the median family income was $56,382. Males had a median income of $36,000 versus $27,900 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,819. About 5.6% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Town name[edit]

Where the name "Senoia" came from is difficult to determine. There are four main theories:[4]

  1. Senoya He-ne-ha was the wife of Captain William McIntosh. Their son, also named William McIntosh, was a general in the army and a chief in his band of Creek Indians. Senoya was a member of the prestigious Wind Clan of the Creek Indians. This is what established the idea of "Princess Senoia".
  2. From an edition of a one-time Senoia paper, the Enterprise-Gazette, comes this quotation concerning the naming of the town: "John Williams suggested the name Senoia for an Indian Chief of that name, a medicine man and philanthropist, noble, brave, and generous, who lived near the present location of Sargent."
  3. Another newspaper account in 1873 held that Colonel William C. Barnes came up with the name in honor of a clever Indian who formerly resided in the community.
  4. Others say that "Senoia" comes from Shenoywa, a Native American title for Chief William McIntosh.
Downtown Senoia

Southern Living Idea House[edit]

Senoia is unique, as it has been chosen twice to host the Southern Living Idea House, in 2010 and 2012. The Idea Houses are designer showcases of the finest trends in home design and furnishings.

  • In 2010 a four-story 4,880-square-foot (453 m2) luxury brownstone that is part of the Historic Senoia Project was decorated by noted local designer and decorator Jamie McPherson.[9]
  • The 2012 Idea House is a renovated 1830s farmhouse located in Senoia's Gin Property neighborhood. The house was raised, moved a bit closer to the street, peeled back to its original materials, gutted, reconfigured, added on to, and redecorated. This was the first time that an Idea House was not a new building. Instead, the 2012 project was a restoration and enlargement of a historic home.[10] The home is now a private residence.

Notable people[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Riverwood Studios is located in Senoia. Such movies as Fried Green Tomatoes,[11] Driving Miss Daisy and the 2011 remake of Footloose[12] were partly filmed in the town.[13][citation needed]

Parts of season 3 of The Walking Dead were filmed in Senoia, which stood in for a fictional version of the town of Woodbury, Georgia, where survivors of the zombie apocalypse established a settlement. The fourth season of the series was also filmed in Senoia in 2013.[14] Season 5 started filming on May 5, 2014.

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