In the late 1800s, railroad workers stumbled across some of the finest timber they had ever seen. In short time, lumber mills began to set up, and the workers came to call the place "Mogul." In the early 1900s, though, as two farmers were setting up a train depot, they watched workers load an old ox. According to local lore, one farmer said to the other, "That sure is a lean ox," and the story of the city naming goes from there.
Incorporated in 1901, Lenox has become an agricultural hub for south central Georgia. The rise in the production of produce, such as watermelons, has put Lenox on the map with produce brokers from surrounding states.
Lenox is also home to the annual Lean-OX Festival, which is held the third Saturday in November, and the Brushy Creek Muzzleloaders Spring Shoot, which takes place the second week of March.