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Area Overview

Twin City is a charming, historic community in Eastern Emanuel County that is just beginning to realize its potential as a heritage tourism destination. It is also home to George L. Smith State Park where recreational opportunities abound. Several restaurants in town offer classic, home-made, country cooking and Lew's Barbeque, famous in the region, is known as one of Georgia's 100 Best; fine dining opportunities are nearby. For football fans, the local high school, Emanuel County Institute, has a championship team, and from August to December one can enjoy the competition under "Friday night lights." For the sportsman, Emanuel and surrounding counties offer great hunting and fishing, and neighboring George L. Smith, II State Park has the best "pin-ball" kayaking around!

Historic Twin City GA, Inc., an active non-profit with strong membership, sponsors farmers markets and festivals on various weekends. City Hall has a community art gallery with new exhibits each month, and there is a local fine art studio and gallery.

Twin City is a little city with a big history: The city formed when Summit and Graymont -- neighboring, rival, and nearly identical towns got "married" in 1921. Logging established both communities, and train lines were built to move the timber. Changes brought by the Great Depression shifted the commercial center of the area from Twin City to Swainsboro, a move that helped preserve original neighborhoods making Twin City a time capsule for historic architecture. An 1830s log cabin, Victorian cottages, gabled ells, Craftsman, English vernacular, attached front commercial, and Italianate are but a few of the styles that can be discovered as one walks through the Twin City Historic District. Although the trains stopped running and the rails were taken up in the early 1950s, Twin City remains an excellent example of a railroad strip town, and it holds a unique and important place in Georgia's history.

Twin City has a reputation of being "twice as friendly, twice as nice." We hope you'll come for a visit!

Includes Cities/Towns: Swainsboro, Twin City.

Includes Cities/Towns: Swainsboro, Twin City.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













Twin City is home to George L. Smith State Park, a jewel in the Georgia State Park System. It is home to one of only two gristmills in working order and operation by the state of Georgia; for history buffs the mill itself is worth a visit to the park.

The park boasts 1,634 acres of land and 412 acres of lake to explore. For campers, there are tent, trailer, and RV campsites, as well as primitive camping. For the less adventurous, there are cottages, picnic shelters, a brand new group shelter designed to accommodate 94 people, and playgrounds. The Mill Pond is great for fishing, canoeing, and has the best "pinball-kayaking" in Georgia. Seven miles of trails beckon hikers, runners, and cyclists. For nature lovers, George L. Smith Park is home to an abundance of wildlife from ibis to rare gopher tortoises which are easily observed.

For golfers, you can be on the green in less that twenty minutes. Metter and Swainsboro both offer fine courses and tennis as well. Twin City has two tennis courts mid-town, and streets friendly to walkers and joggers. For those who follow professional golf, the Masters Tournament in Augusta is in easy reach -- if you can get tickets!

City and Park annual events include: (January) Miss ECI and Jr. Miss Pageants; (March)Spring Thing (city wide yard sale) and Kick Off to Spring 5K; (May)Memorial Day Celebration and Flag Retirement; (July) Independence Day Celebration -- Popcorn and Jam (movie and music) every Saturday in July; October-fest market and trick-or-treat, Haunted Trail, and movie; (November)The Sugar Cane Festival; and (December)Christmas Parade, Business Holiday Open House, and on alternate years, a Tour of Homes. Monthly farmers markets are held March through November.

Well equipped fitness centers with trainers are nearby in both Metter and Swainsboro.

Cultural Activities





Swainsboro, 11 miles away, has a fine public library, and East Georgia State College offers film series, lectures, concerts, plays, and continuing education. Emanuel Arts Council sponsors exhibits and classes, and is partnering with the city in the restoration of the Dixie Theater, Swainsboro's original movie venue.

Georgia Southern University (35 miles to the east in Statesboro) offers film series, lectures, concerts, plays, continuing education, and sports events. The university's Botanical Gardens have 11 acres of gardens on an early 20th century homestead. They offer a wide variety of workshops from native plants to herbalism. Georgia Southern's Center for Wildlife Education provides quality environmental education for all through daily programs. The Raptor Center has "a vast collection of birds, from the tiniest of Screech Owls to large and majestic Bald Eagles."

The Averitt Center, also in Statesboro, offers exemplary arts education, delightful performances including ballet, and excellent fine art exhibitions. Their performing arts center houses a 70-seat black box theater, two of the largest, best equipped dance studios in the region, and the Rosengart Gallery & Gift Shop which carries regionally produced original art and gifts.

Attractions






The are a variety of attractions in our area that are family friendly. Twin City is home to George L Smith,II State Park where paddle boats, canoes, kayaks are available for rent. The Park also has well equipped camp areas, playgrounds, and miles of hiking. Less than half an hour away is Magnolia Springs State Park, site of historic Camp Lawton, and a public pool for swimming in the summer.

Transportation



August and Savannah airports are each 80 minutes away. Rental cars are available at the airports and in Swainsboro (11 miles west of Twin City).

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  37.1  48.3  59.5  4.9 "
 February  39.2  51.7  64.2  3.8 "
 March  45.4  58.5  71.7  4.7 "
 April  51.4  65.0  78.7  3.3 "
 May  60.0  72.6  85.3  2.9 "
 June  67.4  79.1  90.8  4.5 "
 July  70.5  81.7  93.0  5.3 "
 August  70.0  80.8  91.7  5.3 "
 September  65.6  76.5  87.3  3.8 "
 October  54.1  66.5  78.8  2.9 "
 November  45.7  58.2  70.7  2.9 "
 December  39.1  50.9  62.6  3.4 "

Best Time To Go:

Fall and spring.

Twin City and Emanuel County enjoy all four seasons, and something is always in bloom. Spring is spectacular with an abundance of flowering trees and plants. Dogwood, Confederate jasmine, crepe myrtle, and magnolia grace the area and our neighborhoods. Summers are warm, long, humid, and sunny. Fall brings autumn color and the pecan harvest which is abundant in good years. Winters are mild with just enough cold weather to get one ready for warm weather's return.

Accommodations


George L. Smith State Park has well equipped cabins that sleep eight, as well as primitive camp sites and camper hookups. Motels and bed and breakfast options are in nearby Swainsboro. Within Twin City are several Air B&B options.

Costs

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