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City of Dublin History

Welcome to Dublin, "The Emerald City," and Laurens County, where small town southern charm and a determination to keep Dublin-Laurens County "Green and Growing" have combined to create a community rich in character and full of life.

The City of Dublin was incorporated by the Georgia Assembly on December 9th, 1812, and made the county seat. It is said that a citizen, Jonathan Sawyer, named it Dublin after the capital of his Irish homeland.

Centrally located in Middle Georgia, Dublin, chosen as a "City of Excellence" by Georgia Trend Magazine in January 2000, is strategically situated at the junction of Interstate 16 and U.S. Highway 441 and 319. U.S. 80 provides easy access from both east and west. The network of highways makes travel pleasant to major Georgia cities. 55 Minutes to Macon, 1 hour 55 minutes to the Atlanta Airport, and 1 hour 45 minutes to Savannah. Dublin was also selected as a Signature Community in January of 2007 by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

In 2016, Dublin received a Plan First Designation from GA Dept of Community of Affairs.  This program recognizes and rewards communities that clearly demonstrate an established pattern of successfully implementing their Local Comprehensive Plan. Communities that have a history of public involvement with development of the plan, active engagement in plan implementation, and proven progress with achieving the community’s stated vision or goals. More about this program can be found on our Community Development page.

In October 2019, Dublin was named a Georgia's Exceptional Main Street community, or better known as GEMS, which represents some of the best of the best Main Street Programs that the state has to offer. These Main Street Programs have gone above and beyond expectations by making a strong and positive impact in their communities as measured by the Monthly Reporting and the Annual Assessment Process. GEMS level communities are entitled to special one on one technical services offered through the Office of Downtown Development as well as discounted training opportunities.

Dublin-Laurens County offers something for everyone. The wonderfully mild climate of Middle Georgia creates a haven for the sportsman who enjoys tennis, golf, fishing, or hunting. If you enjoy shopping, you'll find plenty of opportunities to do so at over 400 stores, including Dublin Mall. Our historic downtown is a busy retail center filled with shops, new parking areas, a plaza area with fountains, restaurants, the renovated Theatre Dublin and the Dublin-Laurens County Historical Museum.

Every year in March, the entire community is a "wee bit Irish" for the Dublin-Laurens St. Patrick's Festival which has been in existence for over 50 years! The month-long celebration offers fun for the whole family with a parade, a road race, an arts and craft fair, a leprechaun contest and much more.