Alma, the county seat of Bacon County, was incorporated August 21, 1906. While some believe that the city takes its name from the suggestion of a travelling salesman who offered his wife, Alma Sheridan, as a namesake, others support the notion that Alma derives from the first letters of the various state capitals: Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville and Atlanta.
The Bacon County courthouse, constructed in 1919, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city of Alma and Bacon County share a 110-acre recreational area for team sports, swimming and picnicking. Additionally, four city-owned parks and six privately owned facilities provide many recreational opportunities.
Alma, known as the national blueberry capital, hosts the Blueberry Festival annually in late June. This three-day festival includes crafts, food, entertainment and blueberry picking.