Swainsboro/Emanuel County Auditorium
One of Swainsboro’s most impressive state of the art facilities is the Swainsboro/ Emanuel County Auditorium. The 975 seat auditorium includes professional sound and lighting systems, stage air, dressing rooms, and a concession-stand space. Swainsboro’s Auditorium is frequently utilized for theatrical performances, concerts, movies, and award ceremonies and presentations. If you are interested in renting the Swainsboro/ Emanuel County Auditorium for your next event please contact the Recreation Department at (478) 237-8098. The Swainsboro/Emanuel County Auditorium is located at 532 West Church Street.
The “Boneyard Pavilion” is an open-air, free standing facility located in the heart of downtown Swainsboro. The “Boneyard” is one of Swainsboro’s main community gathering spaces. Used for monthly events such as the Art Stroll and the Swainsboro Yard Sale, the “Boneyard” is also the central location for Festivals, concerts and quarterly programs. If you are interested in using the “Boneyard Pavilion” for an event please contact the Downtown Development Authority at (478) 237-7025. The “Boneyard Pavilion” is located on South Green Street between West Main Street and Moring Street.
Situated at the crossroads of U.S. 1 and U.S 80 in downtown Swainsboro, Patriot Square has been recognized as being one of Georgia’s most beautiful downtown Squares. Offering a unique setting that includes palm trees, a large fountain and a beautifully landscaped area, Patriot Square is one of Swainsboro’s most recognizable and striking features. Swainsboro’s downtown square has a number of monuments paying tribute to the men and women who have served our country, state and county. Patriot Square also features a state of the art sound system that plays continuous music and sets a relaxing mood for visitors and community members to downtown Swainsboro. If you are interested in more information about Patriot Square please contact the Downtown Development Authority at (478) 237-7025. Patriot Square is located on the corner of North Main Street and West Main Street.
Public Library and Genealogy
Franklin Memorial Library is a vital part of the Emanuel County community. Its services include checking out books, video and DVD checkout, computer access, and genealogy research. The library is very children-centered, having several programs throughout the year including Summer Reading programs, Holiday Story Hours, movie nights, and guest speakers and performers. Franklin Memorial Library also offer access to Joshua for Class D license testing. Joshua’s Law, effective January 1, 2007, states that in order to get a Class D driver’s license at age sixteen you must have completed a driver’s education course approved by the Department of Driver Services.
Another feature of the library is the Genealogy Department, headed by Virginia Bolton. This section of the library houses cemetery books for Emanuel and surrounding counties, wedding and anniversary files and an obituary file dating back to 1901. The Genealogy Department also contains yearbooks, census reports, and the Forest-Blade is available on microfilm, also dating back to 1901. The staff is in the process of digitizing the obituary files. Library patron and friend Darrel Hidlebaugh, Jr., wrote a computer program specifically for this purpose and donated it to our library along with his time for continued technical support. The library also has two microfilm readers and a copier, as well as computer access to “Heritage Quest” a genealogy tool available only through the library system. For more information on operating hours, genealogy resources, or list of programs Franklin Memorial offers please contact the following number: (478) 237-7791
The Jaycee’s Fairground includes over 2 acres of land, a stage, concession stand, exhibition space, and room for over 700 people to attend a diverse number of events held throughout the year. The Fairground is located at 324 Fairground Road off Business Route 1. Each year the Fairground hosts private and public events like the 90th Annual Emanuel County Fair, Gospel and Music Performances, Wrestling events, and a much more. If you could like more information on the Jaycee’s Fairgrounds please contact (478) 237-3986.
Main Street Market at the Boneyard
Owned and maintained by the Downtown Development Authority of Swainsboro, the Main Street Market at the Boneyard offers a community space suitable for civic meetings, performances, art shows, and more. The market is located in a 12,000 square foot building in the heart of downtown Swainsboro and features an arts, crafts, and antiques market in addition to the community space. The Main Street Market commonly features gallery openings, live music, community meetings, monthly auctions, and twice-monthly Open Mic Nights. For more information about the Main Street Market at the Boneyard, contact the market directly at (478) 237-0936 or CLICK HERE.