The Long County Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Long County, Georgia! Our chamber has a vision for Long County and is actively working to fulfill that vision. We believe in providing an entrepreneurial friendly atmosphere in Long County that supports new businesses and jobs.
We want our area to be a destination for people from outside of Long County, so that they can see the benefit of spending a few hours or staying for a lifetime. We believe in a strong educational system as well as the creation of additional recreational and cultural activities. We believe in and care about the future of Long County.
Long County was created in 1920 from parts of Liberty County. Georgia's 157th county was named for Dr. Crawford W. Long, the Georgian responsible for introducing anesthesia to modern medical practice. The county seat, and sole incorporated municipality, is Ludowici. Ludowici was named to honor a German immigrant, William Ludowici, who contributed substantially to the construction of the county high school.
Some sites of historical significance are the Ludowici Well Pavilion (1907), the Jones Creek Baptist Church (1856), and the Walthourville Presbyterian Church (1884).
Originally a trail used by Indians, Old Barrington Road became an important trade route between the Carolinas and Florida in the early 1700s. It also was critical during the Revolutionary War for the troop movements.
The northeastern tip of Long County is occupied by part of the sprawling U.S. Army installation, Fort Stewart, which also occupies significant portions of the neighboring counties.
The Altamaha River forms the boundary between Long and its southern neighbor, Wayne County.
You, as a business or professional person, have a stake in this area, and you can safeguard your interest by working with others through the Chamber. Together we can blend our talents to ensure a better community for all of us. The Long County Chamber offers your business an opportunity to gain visibility, connect with others, and influence the community. Belonging to the Chamber is an investment in our community. Your participation allows the Chamber to grow and continue to improve its services to all businesses. Our success is achieved only by member involvement and participation.
As a Chamber member, you can promote your business, make new contacts, gain new friendships, have access to more customers, and be a part of many community events.
Ribbon Cutting for a new business, expansion, new location or new ownership. Chamber Directors, members and local officials will be invited to attend, welcome, and support your business, and you will receive coverage through our local newspapers. The Chamber will send invitations, obtain media coverage, and provide the ribbon and scissors.
Your business information will be listed on the Chamber website, and can include a link to your own website.
The Chamber provides an opportunity for a business to show off their facilities and products by hosting a Business After Hours. This is an informal gathering after the work day is complete, and is designed to highlight the hosting business. It provides a great networking opportunity to establish new relationships and business contacts. Sponsorship is also available for our Progress thru People breakfast.
Member referral. If the Chamber is contacted regarding a certain type of business, we will provide the contact information for our members, as appropriate.
Our Chamber is proud to sponsor the following:
Christmas Tree Lighting
Long County STAR Student/STAR Teacher
GOAL Student at Altamaha Technical College
Our Education Committee awards two scholarships each year to deserving young people
Updated: February 2015
Long County, created from the western side of Liberty County in 1920, was named in honor of Dr. Crawford W. Long, a Georgia physician who discovered the use of ether as an anesthetic.
The city of Ludowici was named for the Ludowici family who owned the famous Ludowici - Celadon Tile Company in the early 1900's. Many tiles made in the plant are still evident today. The historical Ludowici Well Pavilion was roofed with this tile. It housed an artesian well which provided drinking water for the entire community in the early 1900's. Recently, the Long County Chamber of Commerce used the original tiles to roof Ludowici Welcome Signs.
A Brief History
Long County Recreation Park
Camping and fishing facilities available at Beards Bluff Camp Ground.
Boat ramps on the Altamaha River located at Beards Bluff and Johnston Station Boat Landing 1 Entire west side of Long County bordered by Altamaha River .
Long County is called the "Sportman's Paradise" and has some of the finest hunting and fishing sites in the Southeast.
Griffin Ridge Wildlife Management Area, tract of 5,600 acres recently purchased by the State of Georgia - boasts a game popu¬lation that includes deer, turkeys, squirrels, ducks and hogs (camping facilities available).
Covers 403 square miles with population in excess of 11,000 and is the fastest growing county in South Georgia;
Includes part of the Wiregrass Trail (Hwy. 57), the shortest route from 1-16 to the Golden Isles;
Is noted mainly for agri-business, such as tree-farming, poultry production, crops of soybeans, blueberries, corn, cotton and Vidalia Onions;
Ludowici serves as a hub for traveling in all directions -Hwy. 301 south to Jacksonville and northwest to Statesboro (crosses 1-16 between Savannah and Macon); Hwy. 84 east to Savannah and west to Waycross (crosses 1-95 near Midway); "Wiregrass Trail" (1-16 to Coastal Georgia) spans the entire length of Long County.