Midway is located on the east end of Liberty County, Georgia, near the coast and I-95 corridor. It’s quiet, coastal environment, rich history & proximity to everything has allowed Midway to become a desirable location to call home. The city is known for its rich history, having been settled by early English colonists in the mid-18th century.
Originally named St. John’s Parish, Midway was established as a trading post, and quickly became a center for commerce and transportation in the region. In 1752, the town was renamed “Midway” because it was situated midway between Savannah and the newly established settlement of Darien. In addition to it’s early start as a hub for trade & business, Midway was also highly political. Two of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence were from Midway.
During the American Revolution, Midway played a significant role in the fight for independence. The town was a hotbed of patriotic sentiment, and many of its residents were members of the Continental Army. The Midway Congreational Church, which was attended by both Liberty County signers, was destroyed by British forces during the war and later re-built. The structure still stands today.
After the war, Midway continued to grow and prosper. The town became an important center for agriculture and manufacturing and was a major stop on the stagecoach route between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida. In the 19th century, Midway was also a center of African American education, with several schools for black children. Dorchester Academy, one of those schools, was later converted to a Cooperative Center for political & social change during the American Civil Rights Movement.
Today, Midway is a small, quiet town with a rich history and a strong sense of community. Many of its historic buildings have been preserved, and the town is a popular destination for tourists interested in Georgia’s colonial and Revolutionary War history.