Gratis, Georgia

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Gratis is an unincorporated community in rural Walton County, Georgia in the U.S. The small community is located between the cities of Monroe and Winder. The community's main intersection is at Gratis and Mt. Vernon Rds. intersection.


The economy of Gratis exists predominantly off of commuting distances with the nearby cities of Monroe and Winder. Along with some limited agriculture and livestock there is a single outlet/filling station in the community, locally referred to as “The Gratis Store”.[1]

John Lewis Sims, Sr. worked at the Gratis Store during the 1920s as a store clerk and garage attendant. Mr. Kilgore was the store owner at this time. In an earlier time, nearby was the Sims Mill powered by a water pond. Most likely, the mill ground corn and wheat for corn meal and flour. Near the pond was the site of an earlier Creek Indian encampment.


The sole church or religious facility in Gratis is Center Hill Baptist Church, which burned down during the 1950s and was rebuilt.[2]


Gratis's educational system is run by the Walton County Board of Education. The schools in the local district are Monroe Elementary, Carver Middle School, and Monroe Area High School.[3] Residents also have the choice of three small private schools, George Walton Academy, Loganville Christian Academy, and Faith Academy.[4]


Coordinates: 33°52′57″N 83°39′48″W / 33.88250°N 83.66333°W / 33.88250; -83.66333