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Midway, Georgia
Motto(s): 
"A growing city with a hometown feel"
Location in Liberty County and the state of Georgia
Location in Liberty County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Liberty
Settled 1752
Incorporated 1925
Area
 • Total 6.44 sq mi (16.68 km2)
 • Land 6.44 sq mi (16.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
10 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,141
 • Density 332.61/sq mi (128.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31320
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-51352
GNIS feature ID 0356389

Midway is a city in Liberty County, Georgia, United States. It is a part of the Hinesville-Fort Stewart metropolitan statistical area. The population was 2,121 as of the 2010 census, up from 1,100 at the 2000 census.

Midway has several museums, including the Midway Museum and Cemetery and the Dorchester Academy Museum. The Midway Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

Signers
Declaration of Independence Signers from Midway, Georgia
GA Midway Cemetery and Church01
Midway Church and cemetery

Midway's history dates back to the 18th century. Puritans migrated to St. John's Parish, Georgia from Dorchester, South Carolina in 1752 and established several settlements including what was later to become the Midway community. In 1752 the Council of Georgia granted the settlers 31,950 acres (129.3 km2), as colonial officials wanted a large number of settlers in the area to protect them from the Creek Indians. The original settlers were primarily rice planters and the Midway settlers developed a strong agricultural economy aided by the 1,500 slaves they brought from South Carolina.

The settlers in the area took an early stand for independence. In May 1775, Lyman Hall (a Midway Church member) was sent to the Continental Congress as a delegate from the parish of St. John. A year later Hall and St. John's Parish resident Button Gwinnett (along with George Walton of Augusta) signed the Declaration of Independence. Another Midway resident, Nathan Brownson, served in the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1778, but did not sign the Declaration.

Established in 1752, the Midway Congregational Church building was destroyed during the American Revolutionary War by the British, but it was rebuilt. The present building was completed in 1792.

in 1973, the Midway Historic District, encompassing the Midway Congregational Church and Cemetery, the Midway Museum and the Old Sunbury Road, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The City of Midway was Incorporated in 1925.

Geography

Midway is located at 31°48′00″N 81°24′44″W / 31.799873°N 81.412298°W / 31.799873; -81.412298 (31.799873, -81.412298).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.6 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.71%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 42
1940 96 128.6%
1950 228 137.5%
1960 240 5.3%
1970 167 −30.4%
1980 457 173.7%
1990 863 88.8%
2000 1,100 27.5%
2010 2,121 92.8%
2020 2,141 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Midway racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 871 40.68%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 951 44.42%
Native American 5 0.23%
Asian 26 1.21%
Other/Mixed 122 5.7%
Hispanic or Latino 166 7.75%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,141 people, 615 households, and 457 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,121 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 45.8% Black, 44.9% White, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from some other race and 2.5% from two or more races. 5.2% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Culture

The Midway Museum is home to documents, exhibits, and furnishings associated with the Midway Society from the Colonial period through its last meeting in December 1865. The Midway Museum was Georgia's first colonial museum.

Lemonade stand shutdown

In July 2011 Midway received national attention after city police shut down a lemonade stand run by young girls attempting to earn money for a waterpark trip. Police and city officials maintained the girls were required to obtain a business license. Neighboring Richmond Hill allowed the girls to set up their lemonade stand at its first farmer's market later that month.

In the Media

The 2014 award-winning Independent film, A Promise, was filmed in Liberty County.

Education

Public education is provided by the Liberty County School System. Public schools located in Midway are:

  • Liberty Elementary School (grades K through 5)
  • Midway Middle School (grades 6 through 8)

Notable people

  • Benjamin Andrew, planter (d. 1790)
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