McRae-Helena was incorporated on January 1, 2015 and is the first city-city government consolidation in the State of Georgia since 1921. The City was awarded Georgia Trend’s “Four for the Future” award in 2015 for the innovative merger. Known as the Crossroads City, McRae-Helena is the convergence point for five state highway routes and two major rail lines. The community has a rich political history having been the home of two former Georgia governors – Eugene Talmadge and Herman Eugene Talmadge. Their historic home has been rehabilitated as the Sugar Creek Plantation and is a popular tourist destination and event center.
The City also boasts an avid outdoor lifestyle with ease of access to the Little Ocmulgee State Park and Golf Course as well as the City’s annual Color Run. The 5K has become a popular community event and also draws visitors from around the state. Located in downtown McRae-Helena, Liberty Square is home to a marble memorial to Telfair County residents who have died in military service and a miniature Statue of Liberty crafted by locals. The Statue has gained popularity after being published in a book on road trips and leading local newspapers.