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The community, originally known as Skint Chestnut by Native Americans, was established in 1874 as a railroad city. Skint Chestnut was the name of the area because a large chestnut tree located there was used as a landmark, eventually being stripped of its bark to make the tree more noticeable. The Georgia legislature renamed the city in honor of Senator Stephen A. Douglas.
The Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival is a must for anyone. With a different themed hydrangea each year, the festival is a weekend of beautiful flowers, art, antiques jewelry, food and so much more. Garden tours and lectures are also offered. The event is held in the summer, usually the first weekend of June.
- Enjoy the outdoors at Dog River Recreational Complex
- Shop ‘til you drop at Arbor Place Mall
- Travel just outside of Douglasville for your thrills at Six Flags over Georgia
- Devour some mouth-watering food at the Taste of Douglasville event