Mansfield is south east of Atlanta. It’s quite a small, rural place with a population of around 500.
Steve Steinhilber from Mansfield, Georgia emailed us: “I have lived in Mansfield, Georgia for almost five years now. We are located roughly 1 hour southeast of Atlanta. I do not have an exact popluation figure, however our town measure exactly 1 mile square. Mansfield used to be a thriving small town due to the cotton industry, however now the only industry is a company called Beaver Manufacturing.”
Buddy Powers of Mansfield, Georgia has emailed us with information relating to the naming of Mansfield Georgia. Buddy’s email reads; “Legend has it that Mansfield Georgia was named in the 1870’s at a meeting of the local men. The meeting was called for the purpose of naming the community. The meeting had many disagreements and few decisions. A good amount of “moonshine” (corn liquor) was consumed. A decision was finally made to name the town after whichever man attending was found to be the most sober. The man’s name was Mansfield (likely a man from Mansfield UK). He shortly moved away, so now there are no people by that name in the town.”
Total Area: 1.1 sq mi
In the 1890s, the Middle Georgia and Atlantic Railroad finished its track construction from Gordon to Covington. Seeing the possibilities for a new town, a group of businessmen organized the Carmel Land Improvement Company, which began purchasing land for the township later to be known as Mansfield.
Legend has it that the businessmen pledged to name the town after whoever among the company was still sober after the celebration and barbeque following the sale of lots. A Mr. Mansfield earned that distinction; local historians know little else about him.
Like many agricultural communities, Mansfield has undergone growth and decline several times according to the rise and fall of economic prosperity and population. Mansfield is currently home to the Beaver Manufacturing Company, several small commercial enterprises and Mansfield Elementary School. Numerous early 20th century homes still stand throughout the town and are beginning to attract newcomers who appreciate the quiet, historic, small town life.
If you live in Mansfield, Georgia, or know someone who does, please contact us!