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Midway, Georgia

Coordinates: 31°48′00″N 81°24′44″W / 31.799873°N 81.412298°W / 31.799873; -81.412298
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Midway, Georgia
"A growing city with a hometown feel"
Location in Liberty County and the state of Georgia
Location in Liberty County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°48′00″N 81°24′44″W / 31.80000°N 81.41222°W / 31.80000; -81.41222
CountryUnited States
 • Total6.44 sq mi (16.68 km2)
 • Land6.44 sq mi (16.67 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total2,141
 • Density332.61/sq mi (128.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code912
FIPS code13-51352[2]
GNIS feature ID0356389[3]

Midway is a city in Liberty County, Georgia, United States. It is a part of the Hinesville-Fort Stewart metropolitan statistical area. The population was 2,141 in 2020.

Midway has several museums, including the Midway Museum and the Dorchester Academy Museum. The Midway Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Declaration of Independence Signers from Midway, Georgia
Midway Church and cemetery

Midway's history dates back to the 18th century. Puritans migrated to St. John's Parish, Georgia, from Dorchester, South Carolina, in 1752 and established several settlements, including what became the Midway community. The Council of Georgia granted them 31,950 acres (129.3 km2), as colonial officials wanted a large number of settlers in the area to help protect them from the Creek Indians. The original Midway settlers were primarily rice planters and developed a strong agricultural economy, aided by the 1,500 slaves they brought from South Carolina.[4]

The city of Midway was incorporated in 1925.

In 1973, the Midway Historic District, encompassing the Midway Congregational Church and Cemetery, the Midway Museum, and the Old Sunbury Road, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


Midway is located in eastern Liberty County at 31°48′00″N 81°24′44″W / 31.799873°N 81.412298°W / 31.799873; -81.412298 (31.799873, -81.412298).[6] The current city limits include the former unincorporated community of Dorchester. The city limits extend east to include Exit 76 on Interstate 95, at the eastern terminus of U.S. Route 84. Via I-95 it is 32 miles (51 km) northeast to Savannah and 45 miles (72 km) south to Brunswick. US 84 leads west from I-95 through Midway 15 miles (24 km) to Hinesville, the Liberty county seat. To the east from I-95, Islands Highway continues 10 miles (16 km) to Colonels Island among the Atlantic coastal marshes.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Midway has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.7 km2), of which 1.74 acres (7,053 m2), or 0.04%, are water.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Midway racial composition as of 2020[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 871 40.68%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 951 44.42%
Native American 5 0.23%
Asian 26 1.21%
Other/Mixed 122 5.7%
Hispanic or Latino 166 7.75%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,141 people, 615 households, and 457 families residing in the city.


Midway has an industrial park with nine manufacturing facilities. In 2007, Target Corporation opened a 1,500,000-square-foot (140,000 m2) regional distribution center, with two sections to the facility being present: Tradeport East and Tradeport West [10]


The Midway Museum is home to documents, exhibits, and furnishings associated with the Midway Society from the Colonial period through its last meeting in December 1865. The Midway Museum was Georgia's first colonial museum.[citation needed]

Lemonade stand shutdown[edit]

In July 2011 Midway received national attention after city police shut down a lemonade stand run by young girls attempting to earn money for a waterpark trip. Police and city officials maintained the girls were required to obtain a business license.[11] Neighboring Richmond Hill allowed the girls to set up their lemonade stand at its first farmer's market later that month.[12]

In the media[edit]

The 2014 award-winning independent film A Promise was filmed in Liberty County.[13][14]

In 1980 key scenes for the Italian horror film City of the Living Dead were shot within Midway Cemetery across the road from Midway Congregational Church.


Public education is provided by the Liberty County School System.[15] Public schools located in Midway are:

  • Liberty Elementary School (grades K through 5)[16]
  • Midway Middle School (grades 6 through 8)[17]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ Stokes, Thomas, The Savannah, Rinehart & Co., 1951, p. 124[need quotation to verify]
  5. ^ National Park Service: Midway Historic District
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "U.S. Gazetteer Files: 2019: Places: Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau Geography Division. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Target opening massive distribution center in Georgia". Atlanta Business Chronicle. January 19, 2005. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  11. ^ "Police Shut Down Girls' Lemonade Stand". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. July 15, 2011. Archived from the original on September 2, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  12. ^ "Richmond Hill Farmers Market opens Tuesday". BryanCountyNews.net. July 18, 2011. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "Film company sets premieres". www.bryancountynews.com. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  14. ^ "Georgia hears about local film industry". coastalcourier.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  15. ^ "Liberty County School System". 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  16. ^ "Liberty Elementary School". liberty.k12.ga.us. 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  17. ^ "Midway Middle School". liberty.k12.ga.us. 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.

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