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Mansfield is a small, rural farming community in the southeastern section of Newton County.  The Middle Georgia and Atlantic Railroad from Gordon, Georgia to Covington was completed through the area in 1890.  Several local businessmen, seeing the possibility of a new town, formed a company and began buying land around the railroad.  Eventually, they started a little settlement known as Mansfield.

Legend has it that the businessmen pledged to name the town after whomever among them was still sober after a huge barbeque and celebration following the sale of all their land lots.  Apparently, there was among them a Mr. Mansfield who attended the festivities, and practiced temperance.  Little else is known about him.

Burge Plantation, an historic 1000-acre farm lies between Mansfield and Newborn.  The Plantation is a private hunting, shooting and family preserve, and organic farm.  As an event facility, the Plantation also hostsweddings, banquets, business meetings, and receptions.

Burge became famous for the diary of Dolly Burge,mistress of the Plantation during the Civil War, with its accounts of Sherman’s Army moving through the area on his way to destroy Atlanta and march to the sea.

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