Houston County was founded in 1821 through a treaty with the Creek Indians. The county consists of the following six towns: Warner Robins, Bonaire, Byron, Centerville, Kathleen, and Perry. The city of Perry was incorporated in 1824 as the county’s first official town and still serves today as the county seat.
Houston County has a flourishing educational system with eighteen public schools recognized as Georgia Schools of Excellence and three public schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Warner Robins is one of the fastest growing areas in Houston County and is the state’s 9th largest city. Warner Robins is known as Georgia’s “International City,” the slogan was adopted by Mayor and Council on July 15, 1968. The city owes its name in part to Robins Air Force Base, which is the South’s largest Air Force Base situated on 6,935 acres, employing over 25,000 contractors, military members, and civilians.
Warner Robins, originally named Wellston, was renamed in 1942 in honor of the Air Forces’ “Father of Logistics,” Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins. Warner Robins takes great pride in supporting the air base being Georgia’s largest industry through their motto, “EDIMGIAFAD” (Every Day in Middle Georgia Is Armed Forces Appreciation Day).
Warner Robins is sure to appeal to a wide array of buyers and was named by WalletPop (AOL Finance Site), the “Best Military Town for the Buck” and “One of the Ten Best Places to Buy a Home.”
Bonaire is an unincorporated community in Houston County with over 14,000 residents. It is the hometown of former Governor Sonny Perdue who served from 2003 to 2011.
Byron was incorporated in 1874 and is named after the first Mayor, C.H. Richardson’s favorite poet, Lord George Gordon (Noel) Byron. The town got its original start in the early 1850s as the “Number One and One-Half Station” on the Southwestern Railroad. Byron was primarily a farming community and around the 1920s became one of the largest peach growing and shipping areas in the South.
Today, visitors can partake of Byron’s rich history by visiting the Byron Depot and the Byron Historic District downtown.
Centerville originally started as the settlement of Busby and was later called by the following names: LaVilla, Gunn, Dunbar, Toy, and Hattie. Centerville became the town’s official name sometime in the 1880s. The name represented the town’s geographic location as it is halfway between Byron and Warner Robins and halfway between Perry and Macon.
Centerville has been steadily growing since its incorporation in 1958. According to the 1960 census, Centerville only had a population of 290 and today boasts a population of more than 7,500 residents.
Kathleen is an unincorporated community in Houston County. The town’s population has more than doubled in the past ten years and the area continues to expand, outpacing other local communities.
Perry was founded through a treaty with the Creek Indians in 1821. The original settlers cultivated cotton on the land’s fertile soil, and later peaches, pecans, grains and peanuts. Today, the centrally located city located along I-75 serves as a quaint, historical town with a renovated downtown with a charming shopping village.
Perry was awarded the winner of the Championship Home Town contest in 1948 for the city’s beautiful landscaping. Visitors can enjoy Perry’s beauty by attending the annual two day Dogwood Festival in the spring.
Additional Middle GA Information
Warner Robins City Information via Pearltrees
Subdivisions in Houston County GA on Storify
Houston County Georgia Official County Site