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Population: 4,126
(Up from 3,869 in 1990)

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The City of Pelham, a Better Hometown Community, is located on the crossroads of US Highway 19 and Georgia Hwy. 93. Pelham’s Wildlife Festival, held on the first Saturday in October, attracts over 12,000 visitors annually. It is also home to the Pelham Jamboree held every Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Other events such as a “Slice of Summer” and the Pelham Wildlife Art Auction complete the warm community feel present in Pelham. Pelham, Georgia is centrally located between Thomasville and Albany. Pelham, named for Major Pelham of Civil War renown, has a grand history as a commercial epicenter of the Southwest Georgia agricultural community. During its heyday the Hand Trading Company attracted shoppers throughout Southwestern Georgia. The building was built in 1916 by J. L. Hand the father of Virginia Hand Callaway of Callaway Gardens fame. This beautiful building has been well maintained and is currently being restored.

"Prayers From Pelham," a comedy about small town life was shot in October 2003 on location in Pelham. Aaron returns to his hometown to find his ailing Aunt Enid has only a few days left. His problems escalate when the town busybody spreads the word that Enid will take prayers straight to God for anyone who asks. As the house fills with people anxious for Enid’s service, Aaron is torn between controlling the situation and dealing with the loss of his Aunt.

In this charmingly innocent comedy, we see that things rarely happen the way we set out and usually it's for the best.“We're poking fun at the South,” Ruckus Skye said. “At the same time, there's an underlying love for the South.” The movie was a result of a collaboration between Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye, and Spencer Adams. For more about the film or to purchase the DVD.

City Hall
128 West Railroad Street, Pelham, GA 31779,
(229) 294-7900
Fax: (229) 294-6028,

City Council meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
The City of Pelham operates under a city manager form of government.

Mayor: Steven Turner
City Council:
Lake Adams
Geraldine Bell
Billy Davis
Willie Morleand
Bobby Hodges
Alfred Brown
James Eubanks
City Manager: Doug Westberry
Municipal Court Clerk: Venette Austin
Police Chief: Nealie McCormick
Fire Chief: Jimmy Creech
Water, Sewer, Gas & Street Superintendent: Charles Lauderdale
Assistant City Clerk: Lisa Austin
Code Enforcement: Carla Irvin

Pelham Chamber of Commerce
Deborah Laufenburger
119 East Railroad Street
PO Box 151, Pelham, GA 31779
(229) 294-4924

North Pelham Industrial Park
This is a 43 acre privately owned park located in the city limits of Pelham with 30 acres available. Located adjacent to US Highway 19, an excellent transportation corridor, with direct access to I-75 & I-10.

Pelham is located:
213 miles south of Atlanta GA
37 miles south of Albany, GA
52 miles north of Tallahassee, FL

Surrounding land uses include agriculture, commercial, and residential. The park is zoned Industrial, with a Class 6 Fire Insurance rating.

Electric Power - Georgia Power Company

Natural Gas - City of Pelham, 4” main adjacent to site

Water - City of Pelham, 12” main adjacent to site, Excess Capacity 0.18 MGD

Wastewater - Pelham LAS, 8” main adjacent to site, Excess Capacity 1.05 MGD


Highways - The Pelham Industrial Park, located just off US Highway 19 a major four lane highway, is 50 miles west of Interstate 75 and 30 miles north of Interstate 10.

Railroad - Local rail service is provided by Georgia & Florida Railnet and offers a broad range of transportation services to clients in the industrial and transportation sectors.

Sea Port
Panama City, FL - 106.2 miles southwest

Barge Service
Bainbridge, GA - 29.8 miles to the southwest


International Airports:
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) Atlanta, GA - 211 miles
Jacksonville International (JAX) Jacksonville, FL -194 miles

Regional Airports:
Southwest GA Regional Airport (ABY) Albany, GA - 37 miles
Tallahassee FL Regional Airport (TLH) Tallahassee, FL - 59 miles

Local Airport:
Camilla Municipal Airport 5,000’ paved, lighted runway, NDB, VASI landing system, aircraft tie-down, air frame and power plant repair, hangars. Jet fuel available.

Paige Shiver, Executive Director
Mitchell County Development Authority 229-336-2061


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