About Dooly County
Historic sites in the county include
the Dooly County Courthouse. Built in 1891 of granite, slate, and brick, the
structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dooly Campground,
which was built in 1875, is an open-air tabernacle constructed with hand-hewn
timbers that still hosts many community activities.
Vienna is home to the Georgia State Cotton Museum and Dooly County Welcome Center.
Hunting is popular in Dooly County, with sportsmen bagging deer, dove, quail, duck, rabbit, squirrel, and turkey. The county participates in a pilot deer hunting program designed to increase the number of large bucks in the area.
Dooly County claims several notable Georgians past and present. Walter F. George was a member of the U.S. Senate from 1922-1957, served as President Pro Tem of the Senate and chaired the Finance and Foreign Relations Committees. A museum honoring George, located in his old law office, operates in Vienna. George Busbee, governor from 1975-1983, was born and raised in Dooly County. Roger Kingdom, gold medallist in the high hurdles at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, was born in Dooly County. Jody Powell, press secretary to President Jimmy Carter, also hails from the county.
Dooly County is home to two annual events that celebrate the area's fine cuisine. The Southern Wild Game & Fish Cookout, held every March, features a cooking competition with participants from throughout the Southeast, a flea market, entertainment, and a shooting competition. Held during October, the county's Big Pig Jig is Georgia's Official Barbecue Cooking Championship. The festival attracts over 30,000 spectators and sends the Grand Champion to compete in the "Memphis in May International Barbecue Cook-off." Source: Georgia.gov