Tourism
Tourism is considered a major industry for Clinch County by the Clinch County Development Authority. Below are the different entities that are out there to boost tourism for Homerville and the county. We encourage everyone to visit these unique places throughout Clinch County and utilize our new Dial & Discover Program.

Dial & Discover

(912) 580-3002

Visitors can "Dial & Discover" more about Clinch County using their cell phones. Callers will hear how our community was named, where our visitors centers are, who is our most famous citizen, how to locate our Industrial Parks, and much more.

Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library

The Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library has genealogical resources from all 50 states and even other countries. Please let us help you explore your family tree today.
The Huxford Genealogical Society was organized in Homerville in November of 1972 to collect, preserve, and publish the genealogical information of the wiregrass area of South Georgia and North Florida. The Huxford Genealogical Society maintains a genealogical library located in the Homerville Municipal Complex located in downtown Homerville. The genealogical collection of the Huxford Library consisted of a basic book collection with emphasis on the eastern United States and includeed a microfilm and CD collection of the United States Census schedules, state and local histories, lineage books of several patriotic societies, marriage and death records, cemetery records, tax lists, ship passenger lists, Quaker records, military and pension records, family histories, and many genealogical periodicals. The Library also served as
the depository for the life-long genealogical collection of the late Judge Folks Huxford, F.A.S.G.; including his card files, notebooks, correspondence, old newspapers, other papers which he acquired throughout his busy life, and varied reports which he had collected as a storehouse of treasured family and local history. In 2010, the Huxford library combined with Mr. Elmer C. Spear's private collection in Madison, FL to create one of the largest private genealogical libraries in the United States. The Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library is home to
over 31,000 state volumes. The library is also home to 19,474 other research books including family surname files, microfilm, microfiche, international histories, patriotic societies and self-help books on how to research. Library hours are from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Two full time staff members are on duty to assist with research and answer your questions. The library is located just west of downtown Homerville, inside the historic Homerville Municipal Complex at 20 South College Street…in between the two one-way pairs of US Highway 84. If you traveling from highway 441, please head West on highway 84 and the complex will be on your left.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Contact Information:
20 S. College Street
Homerville, GA 31634
(912) 487-2310 Fax: (912) 487-3881
huxford@windstream.net
Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library

Stephen C. Foster Park - Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge

Named after songwriter Stephen Foster, this remote park is a primary entrance to the famed Okefenokee Swamp and is one of the most intriguing areas in Georgia. Moss-laced cypress trees reflect off the black swamp waters, providing breathtaking scenery. Visitors can look for alligators, turtles, raccoon, black bear, deer, birds and numerous other creatures while on the park’s elevated boardwalk trail or on a guided pontoon boat trip. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent motorized boats, canoes or kayaks for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island. Because the park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing and a $5 refuge fee is charged. The park also offers cabin and campsite (RV and tent) rentals, as well as, boat rentals. Furthermore, the park is located 18 miles from Fargo and 50 miles from a major grocery store. Visitors should bring all supplies with them and have plenty of gasoline in their vehicle.
The park office sells drinks, snacks, ice, books, gifts and t-shirts.

Contact Information:
GA 177
Fargo, GA 31631
(912) 637-5274
www.gastateparks.org

Tourism Revenue Report for 2010

According to the Georgia Departement of Economic Development, Tourism Division County Economic Impact Sheet, tourism has created 50 jobs, 5.6 million in direct tourism spending, created $190,000 in state tax revenues, and generated $170,000 in local tax revenues. The report also states, on average, tourists spend $15,369 per day on tourism related expenses.

Historic Station No. 11 Train Depot


Event Venue & Tourism Center
The City of Homerville originated as a railroad town. Station No was the the orignal train depot and now serves to greet vistors, home of the Better Hometown Program, and a venue for community events.

Station No 11 Train Depot
40 E. Plant Avenue
Homerville, GA 31634
(912) 487-0893
Homerville Better Hometown Program

Suwanee River

The Suwannee River originates from the Okefenokee Swamp and runs through Fargo’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge—mossy cypress trees, black swamp water, alligators, turtles, raccoon, black bear, deer, 223 species of birds can be seen from the park’s elevated boardwalk or on a guided boat trip. Rent a motorized boat or canoe to explore the swamp with 25 miles of Day-use waterways.

Georgia Camera Ready

Georgia’s Camera Ready Communities program connects film and TV productions with skilled county liaisons all over the state to provide local expertise and support.

The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office launched the Camera Ready Communities program in 2010 to train and certify Georgia counties to work effectively with production companies and provide local, one-on-one assistance in every aspect of production, from location scouting and film permits to traffic control, catering and lodging.

Source: Georgia Camera Ready

Homerville's Better Hometown Program submits possible film locations where film producers can filter through and see what they can us. Initiatives like this can bring blockbuster movies to our back doors. These production companies often leave behind sets that tourists flock to see, bringing in revenue for the city.

In addition to tourism dollars, the city will see an influx of revenue while the film production companies spend money on food and lodging while they film.