Retirees looking for a slower pace of life will find their dream community in McDuffie County, away from the crowds, traffic, and excessive development often associated with life in major cities. Living here is a step back into history and Southern hospitality. The bright blue sky reminds you of what it was like when the air was not polluted, and the people bring you back to a time and place where being a neighbor meant something.
McDuffie County is known for its rich history, natural beauty and the ease and security of a small town. It is a close-knit community, well known for its Southern hospitality and is conveniently located near Augusta, Ga., and Clarks Hill Lake.
Augusta, home of the Masters Golf Tournament, is only a 25 minute drive down I-20 and also offers theater, symphony, museums and a beautiful riverwalk. Clarks Hill Lake is open all year and offers many activities for recreation and vacationing, from boating and fishing to jet-skiing and camping.
Community events are held throughout the year and include the Blind Willie Blues Festival, Tom Watson Watermelon Festival, Thomson’s Taste of Fall, Belle Meade Fox Hunt, Christmas Festival, and a musical concert series.
The Blind Willie Blues Festival is held in honor of William Samuel “Blind Willie” McTell who was born in McDuffie County in 1901 and called one of the greatest twelve-string players of all time. Currently in its 14th year, this event attracts top-notch performers and upwards of 2,000 attendees each year.
The annual Belle Meade Hunt has been a tradition since 1966. The opening meet, featuring the “Blessing of the Hounds,” is held on the first Saturday in November. This marks the opening of the hunt season, which runs through March. Scarlet-coated riders recreate the old English fox hunt, following their hounds through 20,000 acres of woodlands in pursuit of the fox.
Thomson-McDuffie County’s array of amenities will please any interest. Whether you enjoy an active lifestyle or prefer a more leisurely pace, McDuffie County provides natural beauty, a mild climate, urban conveniences and rural peacefulness. With reasonable living costs and quality health care, McDuffie County is a great place to call home.