Henry County, Georgia

This year Henry County celebrates its 200th Birthday. The Henry County Bicentennial will kick off with a Day of Service set for May 15 with a countywide cleanup effort! More details will be forthcoming soon!

A little history:

Henry County, created in 1821 from Creek Indian lands, was named for Virginia patriot Patrick Henry, and the county seat of McDonough, was named for Commodore Thomas McDonough who was victorious over the British on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. The state legislature later divided land originally set aside as Henry County into Butts, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Newton and Spalding counties and large portions of present day Rockdale and Fayette counties. Modern-day Henry County consists of 326.482034 square miles and is home to an estimated 218,700 residents.

Located just 30 miles south of Atlanta, Henry County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Offering residents a low cost of living with a high quality of life, Henry County provides an excellent location, plentiful housing options, a highly rated school system, a top-notch health care system and a variety of recreation and cultural options, making it the perfect place to live, work and play.

Henry County's proximity makes it easy for residents to enjoy Atlanta's attractions, while also offering residents a wealth of entertainment options outside Atlanta’s perimeter, as Henry County is home to the Atlanta Motor Speedway and NASCAR, Panola Mountain State Park, the Henry County Veterans Wall of Honor and Veterans Museum. History buffs will find Henry County rich in history while the outdoor enthusiast will love its plentiful parks, recreation centers and outdoor attractions. From rolling pastures to bustling retail establishments and gorgeous parks with a variety of amenities, Henry County has something for everyone.

Meet Our Bicentennial Co-Chairs

Co-Chair - Gene Morris

Co-Chair - Sharon Ponder

Historian - Gene Morris Historian - Gene Morris

Bicentennial Committee Members (We Want You To Join Us!):

  • Sharon Ponder – Bennet Trucking
  • Gene Morris – County Historian
  • Zuwena Poole – Henry County Government/BOC
  • Susan Howington – Henry County Extension Services
  • Joe Henning – Chamber of Commerce
  • Anna Ogg – City of Locust Grove
  • Kenda Woodard – City of Hampton
  • Joy Caldwell – Henry County Libraries
  • Kathy Pilatzki – Henry County Libraries
  • Chair Harrell – Henry County BOC
  • Holly Cobb – Henry County Board of Education
  • Madysen Forney – Henry County BOC (intern to Chair Harrell)


Earlier this year, Co-Chair Gene Morris released a Bicentennial Celebration memo: Download PDF Memo


Introducing Flat Pat: 

Meet Flat Pat (Patrick Henry)

Celebrate Henry County’s Bicentennial with Flat Pat! Color your own Flat Pat and take a photo with him around Henry County or on vacation!
Share your photo on social media with #HenryCounty200


As we continue to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Henry County, we invite you and your little ones to participate in the Flat Pat project! Color, cut out and attach the young Patrick Henry caricature to a piece of cardstock and travel with him for the rest of the year. Whether you are in Henry County visiting your favorite park or if you are on vacation, take Flat Pat along for the ride and share your photos on social media using the hashtag #henrycounty200. We can’t wait to see your work!

Download Flat Pat