Founded in 1832, Americus is the county seat of Sumter County. Americus - the masculine version of America - was named for the western continents, which in turn were named for Amerigo Vespucci.
Georgia Southwestern State University, South Georgia Technical Institute and the international headquarters for Habitat for Humanity all call Americus home. This last, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing around the world, is now one of the top ten homebuilders in the country.
Famous one-time Americus residents include Dan Reeves, the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons, and Chan Gailey, the coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
Vintage architecture in Americus can be seen in the Windsor Hotel, located in the business district of the city. This massive brick structure, built in 1892, occupies an entire city block.