Decatur County was created in 1823 from portions of Early County. The county was named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, who defeated the Barbary Coast pirates at Tripoli in 1815. Bainbridge, the county seat, was named for Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the U.S. Constitution, “Old Ironsides.”
The Decatur County area was also the site of several battles between Indians and early settlers. In the early 1700s, both the Spanish and English fought with Creek Indians. In 1818, General Andrew Jackson led troops from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia to victory over the Seminole Indians.
Lake Seminole is widely regarded as one of the nation’s best lakes for large mouth bass fishing. In addition, local anglers fish for striped and white bass, catfish, crappy, and bream. Lake Seminole is also popular among area duck hunters.
Nature is one of our most precious and celebrated attractions here in Bainbridge. We have many nature trails, roads, and waterways that are great for birdwatching, hiking, biking, and soaking up our areas natural surroundings.Our outdoor Amphitheater is located on the banks of the Flint River at the Earl May Boat Basin. Concerts, bass tournament weigh-ins and many other events are held here.