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Retirement Living In Twin City, Emanuel County - Georgia

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Area Description

Twin City is a charming, historic community in Eastern Emanuel County that is just beginning to realize its potential as a heritage tourism destination. It is also home to George L. Smith State Park where recreational opportunities abound. Several restaurants in town offer classic, home-made, country cooking and Lew's Barbeque, famous in the region, is known as one of Georgia's 100 Best. Fine dining opportunities are nearby. For football fans, the local high school, Emanuel County Institute, has a championship team, and from August to December one can enjoy the competition under "Friday night lights." For the sportsman, Emanuel and surrounding counties offer great hunting and fishing.

This quiet, southern community is equidistant from Macon, Augusta, and Savannah where major shopping and excellent doctors and medical facilities are available. Twin City itself has a well staffed and accessible family medical clinic as well as excellent emergency services.

For diversion, Historic Twin City GA, Inc., an active non-profit with strong membership, sponsors farmers markets and festivals, and the Twin City Main Street Program actively works to revitalize the historic commercial areas. Twin City offers great opportunities for second careers like opening the ice cream shop you always dreamed of! City Hall has a community art gallery with new exhibits each month, and there is an expanding community of local artist.

Twin City is a little city with a big history: The city formed when Summit and Graymont -- neighboring, rival, and nearly identical towns got "married" in 1921. Logging established both communities, and train lines were built to move the timber. Changes brought by the Great Depression shifted the commercial center of the area from Twin City to Swainsboro, a move that helped preserve original neighborhoods making Twin City a time capsule for historic architecture. An 1830s log cabin, Victorian cottages, gabled ells, Craftsman, English vernacular, attached front commercial, and Italianate are but a few of the styles that can be discovered as one walks through the Twin City Historic District. Although the trains stopped running and the rails were taken up in the early 1950s, Twin City remains an excellent example of a railroad strip town, and it holds a unique and important place in Georgia's history.

Twin City has a reputation of being "twice as friendly, twice as nice." We hope you'll come for a visit and stay for a lifetime!

Includes Cities/Towns: Swainsboro, Twin City.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Twin City is home to George L. Smith State Park, a jewel in the Georgia State Park System. It is home to one of only two gristmills in working order and operation by the state of Georgia; for history buffs the mill itself is worth a visit to the park.

The park boasts 1,634 acres of land and 412 acres of lake to explore. For campers, there are tent, trailer, and RV campsites, as well as primitive camping. For the less adventurous, there are cottages, picnic shelters, a brand new group shelter designed to accommodate 94 people, and playgrounds. The Mill Pond is great for fishing, canoeing, and has the best "pinball-kayaking" in Georgia. Seven miles of trails beckon hikers, runners, and cyclists. For nature lovers, George L. Smith Park is home to an abundance of wildlife from ibis to rare gopher tortoises which are easily observed.

For golfers, you can be on the green in less that twenty minutes. Metter and Swainsboro both offer fine courses and tennis as well. Twin City has two tennis courts mid-town, and streets friendly to walkers and joggers. For those who follow professional golf, the Masters Tournament in Augusta is in easy reach -- if you can get tickets!

City and Park annual events include: (January) Miss ECI and Jr. Miss Pageants; (March)Spring Thing (city wide yard sale) and Kick Off to Spring 5K; (May)Memorial Day Celebration and Flag Retirement; (July) Independence Day Celebration -- Popcorn and Jam (movie and music) every Saturday in July; October-fest market and trick-or-treat, Haunted Trail, and movie; (November)The Sugar Cane Festival; and (December)Christmas Parade, Business Holiday Open House, and on alternate years, a Tour of Homes. Monthly farmers markets are held March through November.

Well equipped fitness centers with trainers are nearby in both Metter and Swainsboro.

Cultural Activities

Swainsboro, 11 miles away, has a fine public library, and East Georgia State College offers film series, lectures, concerts, plays, and continuing education. Emanuel Arts Council sponsors exhibits and classes, and is partnering with the city in the restoration of the Dixie Theater, Swainsboro's original movie venue.

Georgia Southern University (35 miles to the east in Statesboro) also offers film series, lectures, concerts, plays, continuing education, and sports events. The university's Botanical Gardens have 11 acres of gardens on an early 20th century homestead. They offer a wide variety of workshops from native plants to herbalism. Georgia Southern's Center for Wildlife Education provides quality environmental education for all through daily programs. The Raptor Center has "a vast collection of birds, from the tiniest of Screech Owls to large and majestic Bald Eagles."

The Averitt Center, also in Statesboro, offers exemplary arts education, delightful performances and an excellent exhibition season, as well as plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Their performing arts center opened in March 2015 and houses a 70-seat black box theater, two of the largest, best equipped dance studios in the region, and the Rosengart Gallery & Gift Shop which carries regionally produced original art and gifts.

All the museums and cultural opportunities of Savannah, Augusta, and Macon are only an hour away.

Public transportation

Neighboring Swainsboro and Metter (11 and 15 miles away respectively) offer rental cars and taxi services, and a special needs shuttle for seniors is also available within Emanuel county. Savannah International Airport, Augusta Regional Airport (with Delta connections), and Amtrak (Savannah) are all only an hour and fifteen minutes away.

Medical Facilities

Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro has a 5 star rating and is a Level 4 Trauma Center. The hospital also boasts an excellent Senior Behavioral Health center. Candler Hospital in Metter is a critical access hospital with a Swing-bed program. Excellent emergency services and Life Flight are available when the services of larger medical centers in Augusta, Savannah, Macon, or Atlanta (3 hours) are necessary.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Twin City, Emanuel County, Georgia?

Twin City and Emanuel County enjoy all four seasons, and something is always in bloom. Spring is spectacular with an abundance of flowering trees and plants. Dogwood, Confederate jasmine, crepe myrtle, and magnolia grace our neighborhoods. Summers are warm, long, and sunny. Fall brings autumn color and the pecan harvest which is abundant in good years. Winters are mild with just enough cold weather to get one ready for warm weather's return.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  36  47  59
 Feb  39  51  63
 Mar  45  58  71
 Apr  51  64  77
 May  60  72  85
 Jun  68  79  90
 Jul  70  81  93
 Aug  70  81  91
 Sep  65  75  86
 Oct  54  66  78
 Nov  45  57  70
 Dec  38  49  61

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  12  0
 Feb  0  7  0
 Mar  0  2  0
 Apr  0  0  0
 May  5  0  0
 Jun  17  0  0
 Jul  22  0  0
 Aug  19  0  0
 Sep  8  0  0
 Oct  1  0  0
 Nov  0  4  0
 Dec  0  10  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  9  38 %
 Feb  4 "  7  40 %
 Mar  4 "  8  45 %
 Apr  3 "  6  51 %
 May  3 "  6  60 %
 Jun  5 "  9  68 %
 Jul  5 "  11  71 %
 Aug  5 "  9  72 %
 Sep  4 "  7  66 %
 Oct  3 "  5  57 %
 Nov  3 "  6  48 %
 Dec  4 "  7  41 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
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 Oct  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for Twin City, Emanuel County, GA

Twin City, Emanuel County, Georgia cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Twin City has charming, historic neighborhoods with tree lined streets. Pecan and magnolia grace many yards, and something is always in bloom. A wide variety of house types from the late 1800s to the mid-sixties mingle within these historic areas. Out of the historic district there are newer neighborhoods with streets conducive to walking. A few single apartments are available, as well as an apartment complex designed for lower income families and individuals.

Senior Assistance in Twin City, Emanuel County, GA

Twin City, Emanuel County, Georgia offers the following assistance for seniors:

Services for seniors are primarily in Swainsboro, 11 miles away. Within Twin City, home health care is available as well as visiting nurses. The local churches provide a variety of activities and social opportunities, and neighbors are quick to help each other.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Twin City, Emanuel County Offer For Retirees?

Twin City has excellent schools and both the elementary and high school welcome volunteers. Other volunteer opportunities are with Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro, and the Averitt Arts Center in Statesboro.
Twin City has two active groups focused on preservation, Historic Twin City, GA, Inc. and the Adam Brinson Historical Society. HTCGA, Inc. works in conjunction with Twin City's Our Town (National Main Street) Program to create festivals and cultural opportunities, and the Adam Brinson Society sponsors a horse ride every Fall. A Community Art Gallery in City Hall features a new exhibit each month. All welcome and invite volunteer help.

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