If you ever wanted a real-time town-square experience then McDonough, GA should be in your bucket list. Located in Henry County, the city is a growing part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The 2013 census reported a population of 22,834 which has made it an attractive residential option for Atlanta commuters. Founded in the early 19th century, McDonough was an important stagecoach connection between New Orleans in the South to New York up North. Originally built around a traditional, grid-based town square design, the present day McDonough offers visitors a charming combination of history and modernism. McDonough also has affordable housing with median home values coming in at $134,700 and rentals at $972 per month.
Its official website states that McDonough is a town for all seasons, and that it certainly is. It makes for a popular weekend getaway spot for Atlanta residents. Despite its small size, the town is packed with history. A continuous stream of annual events draws in visitors from all over and around the year. Their Christmas Extravaganza is popular while the famous Geranium Festival leads to a packed city every time. For art enthusiasts, the Jean Charlot original "Cotton Gin" is a big draw, and has been the town’s pride since 1942. The Civil War monument commemorating the perished soldiers from the county is also a big crowd puller.
The buildings surrounding the town square have been preserved to maintain their historical integrity. From the hundred year old service station prototype to the dated jailhouse, everything is a throwback to an earlier era. Quaint and charming, the small town beauty of McDonough combines with chic urbanism to make it not just a popular getaway, but also a perfect setting for films like ‘A Madea Christmas’ and ‘Glory’ among others.