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Donalsonville, Georgia
Donalsonville City Hall
Donalsonville City Hall
The Gateway to Lake Seminole
Location in Seminole County and the state of Georgia
Location in Seminole County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Seminole
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 3.99 sq mi (10.34 km2)
 • Land 3.97 sq mi (10.29 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
148 ft (45 m)
 • Total 2,833
 • Density 713.42/sq mi (275.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-23368
GNIS feature ID 0331568
Website Official website:

Donalsonville is a city in and the county seat of Seminole County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,650 at the 2010 census.


Donalsonville was originally part of Decatur County. It is named after John Ernest Donalson (1846–1920), also known as Jonathan or John E. Donalson, a prominent businessman of the area. Donalson built the first lumber mill in Donalsonville, Donalson Lumber Company. He also built homes and a commissary for the workers of the mill. The lumber company paved the way for the town's growth.

Donalsonville was first chartered as a town in Georgia on December 8, 1897. When Seminole County was formed in January 1920, Donalsonville was named as its county seat. By August 1922, the Town of Donalsonville became known as the City of Donalsonville, with the charter passing on August 19, 1922.

The Seminole County Courthouse was erected in 1922 and is still standing today. The Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Wolfe)


Donalsonville is located at 31°2′27″N 84°52′42″W / 31.04083°N 84.87833°W / 31.04083; -84.87833.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), of which 4.0 square miles (10 km2) is land and 0.25% is water. The city is located 20 minutes north of Lake Seminole, 62 miles (100 km) south of Albany, 36 miles (58 km) east of Dothan, Alabama and 107 miles (172 km) west of Valdosta.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 519
1910 747 43.9%
1920 1,031 38.0%
1930 1,183 14.7%
1940 1,718 45.2%
1950 2,569 49.5%
1960 2,621 2.0%
1970 2,907 10.9%
1980 3,320 14.2%
1990 2,761 −16.8%
2000 2,796 1.3%
2010 2,650 −5.2%
2020 2,833 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Donalsonville Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 904 31.91%
Black or African American 1,734 61.21%
Native American 1 0.04%
Asian 59 2.08%
Other/Mixed 53 1.87%
Hispanic or Latino 82 2.89%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 2,833 people, 872 households, and 542 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,650 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 61.4% Black, 34.1% White, 0.0% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% from some other race and 1.2% from two or more races. 2.1% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


According to 2012 data from the Donalsonville Chamber of Commerce, the top five employers in the city are as follows:

Employer Employees
Donalsonville Hospital, Inc. 350
Ponder Enterprises Inc. 250
Lewis M. Carter, Inc. 150
American Peanut Growers Group, LLC 80
JH Harvey Company 30
Train Depot Mural on Lions Hall
Train Depot Mural on Lions Hall


Agriculture, art and music reflect the tone of the city. The Olive Theatre is in an old building downtown which has been renovated and periodically hosts local talent in addition to several plays, concerts, talent contests and other artistic events. Hand-painted murals are present on a few of the downtown buildings and depict the main industry in the county, agriculture.

The former "Harvest Festival", now "Georgia's Big Fish Festival", is a part of Donalsonville’s culture as well. This festival is held each October to educate visitors, support and promote the many sporting and recreational opportunities available at nearby Lake Seminole.

There are many other attractions that are held in and around the City as well including the Christmas Tour of Homes, the PRCA Rodeo, mug track racing, occasional street dances, outdoor concerts, movie nights, indoor concerts, karaoke, parades, book signings, and more.


By the 1900s, the need for churches arose. The first church was erected in Donalsonville in 1850, the Friendship United Methodist Church. In the beginning the Methodist Church served as a meeting place for all Protestant denominations. Later, the First Presbyterian Church of Donalsonville was established in January 1898 with 25 members. On August 4, 1902, 18 people helped to create the First Baptist Church of Donalsonville. The Church of The Nazarene, originally called “The Holiness Church,” was established in October 1902. The meetings of the Church of the Nazarene were actually held in a member’s house until 1903, when a building was erected. The first black church in Donalsonville was created in 1895, the Live Oak African Methodist Episcopal Church. The people of Donalsonville saw the need to create churches to worship and with this vision came a number of churches, eventually totaling thirteen. (


Donalsonville has about a 63% high school graduate rate with about 52% in the work force. The biggest industries are education, health, and social services. ( The average median income for households according to the U.S. Census report in 2000 was $20,687 and median family income was $25,679, with the average household size around 2 and family size around 3 people.


The Seminole County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of one elementary school and one middle-high school. The district has 120 full-time teachers and over 1,754 students.

  • Seminole County Elementary School
  • Seminole County Middle/High School

Public Library

Donalsonville is home to the Seminole County Public Library. The library serves the citizens of Donalsonville and Seminole County with a collection of print and audiovisual materials. The library is located at 103 W. 4th Street in Donalsonville.

Notable people

  • Alfred Corn, poet and essayist, born Bainbridge and lived in Donalsonville and Valdosta
  • Bacarri Rambo - Former Miami Dolphins safety
  • Phillip Daniels - Former NFL player, current Assistant Defensive Line Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles

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