10 things you didn’t know about Valdosta

You may have lived in Valdosta or Lowndes County all your life, or you may just be visiting, but here are some unusual facts that you might not have never heard of before. 

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Valdosta:

  1. Valdosta was named after an Alpine valley in Italy, Valle d’Aosta.  
  2. Lowndes County was created from Irwin County in 1825 after William Lowndes of South Carolina won his state’s presidential nomination in 1824.  He died before the election.  
  3. Doc Holliday grew up in Valdosta, and he ran a dental practice prior to becoming a gambler and gunfighter out West.  
  4. Valdosta State University used to be an all-girls school.  In 1922, it was called Georgia State Women’s College and it did not become co-ed until 1950 when its name was changed to Valdosta State College.  
  5. Many people still believe that Valdosta means vale of beauty, however, numerous scholars state that it refers to Emperor Caesar Augustus.  
  6. Valdosta became one of the leading turpentine producers in the world and continued in that role until the 1980s when other countries took over the lead.  
  7. The students at Valdosta State are from all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and over sixty countries.  
  8. Valdosta was created from the settlement of Troupville, which was actually four miles away from what is now Valdosta.  The residents of Troupville decided to move closer to where the railroad was being constructed and simply brought their town with them.  
  9. Valdosta has six Historic Districts plus two individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places.  
  10. The second plant to bottle Coca-Cola was located in Lowndes County and by 1936, it was one of the first modern plants that served a seven-county area.    

These 10 little known facts are only a few of the many that are available for Valdosta and Lowndes County.  We would love to hear about the ones that you know!  Share them with us in the comments below.