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Published on Mar 4, 2013
Once a flag-stop on the Southwestern Railroad, Byron grew up around freight transport. In thinking of a name for the city, when it incorporated in 1874, its first mayor, C.H. Richardson, chose to honor his favorite poet - Lord Bryon.
At the turn of the 20th century, Byron remained a relatively quiet, farming town. By the 1920s, though, the peach industry re-imagined Byron, and as trains whisked in and out of the city, carrying loads of peaches with them, Byron grew quickly.
Today, Byron's attractions include an abundance of commercial outlets, quaint antique shops and restaurants. Visit Byron during the Dukes of Hazzard Georgia Reunion, Georgia Peach Festival when it co-hosts this very peachy event with the neighboring town of Fort Valley. Byron is also host to several hometown events including The Battle of Byron in May, Nightmare on Main Street, Battle of Byron Fall Festival and Chili Fest in October and several Christmas events in December.