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Conyers

Conyers lies about 25 miles east of Atlanta, and is the county seat of Rockdale County.  The area was originally occupied by native Americans called “Mound Builders,” before becoming a part of the Creek and Cherokee Nations.  The town sprang up as a railroad watering stop on the line between Augusta and Atlanta (then called “Marthasville”).

The twon was named for Covington banker Dr. W. D. Conyers, who was instrumental in starting the Georgia Railroad through the area.  By 1854, around 400 people had settled around the railroad watering stop, and the Town of Conyers was inclrporated.

 

In 1996, Conyers hosted the equestrian and mountain biking events for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games held in Atlanta.  The equestrian venue, the 1100+ acre Georgia International Horse Park, is still quite active today with equestrian competitions, horse shows, concerts and local festivals.

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