About Us

A Storied Past, An Exciting Future

Liberty County, Georgia, sunset; photo by John Henderson
Photo by John Henderson

If you want to know what makes Liberty County, Georgia special, you need to know about our history and our people. Sure, we have some of the best restaurants, parks, museums, attractions and schools in the state, but it’s the people — past and present — who live and work in the county that make Liberty so special.

Thanks to the local businesses that continue to drive our county’s economic growth, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is recognized throughout the state for how we strengthen the local economy and the way we work together to help make our community better. It’s this commitment to community that truly sets Liberty County apart.

Liberty County logo
Liberty County Chamber of Commerce logo

What Makes Liberty, Liberty?

Folks recognize Liberty County by two main symbols that have become our logos, The Mason Jar of Tea and the famous Liberty County LeConte Pear. Each represent a major slice of Liberty County history and the cultural and economic development of the county.

Brewed in Liberty

In the 1800s, the first tea plants were introduced in Riceboro by William Jones and his daughter. The plants were sent to the Department of Agriculture and determined to be as delicious as the tea found throughout China and India.

The U.S. government first sponsored a tea project here in Liberty, but political issues sent the project to South Carolina. Unfortunately, the tea did not take in South Carolina and the project was scrapped before ever getting to return to Liberty.

Old tea fields could be found around the county until the 1900s, and residents would pick tender leaves, dry them in the sun, and brew a special blend of Liberty County tea.

Today, The Mason Jar of Tea is used by our Convention & Visitors Bureau to represent the blended culture and history of our community, and acts as a symbol of hope and progress.

Man picking blueberries in Liberty County, Georgia.
The offices of Liberty County CVB and COC.

An Industry in Bloom

Liberty County became famous thanks to the LeConte pear in the early 1800s as hundreds of bushels of pears were shipped from Liberty County to northern states each fall.

After being developed, John Eatton LeConte brought the pear to Liberty County and gave the pear tree seedling to his daughter who was living on the Woodmanston lands in Riceboro.

The LeConte pear led to the growth of the Southern pear industry during the 1870s, beginning in Thomas County and extending into Liberty County. John LeConte went on to establish the first state botanical garden on the same Woodmanston land.

Now, the LeConte pear represents the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce as a symbol of economic development and Liberty’s commitment to economic prosperity for our community.

Creating a Better Tomorrow, Together

All across our county you’ll see that Liberty is booming with economic development and a vibrant culture. The people of Liberty County work together to help create a better place to live for everyone, and we can’t wait for you to join the fun!

Our local businesses are proud to be supported by their community and give back to help new businesses grow and make our home better for all.

Our residents are proud of the history that helped us get here, and they are excited for the future we’re building together. We couldn’t be prouder to call Liberty County our home.

If you are looking for a community that pushes forward together to create a better life for all, then Liberty County is the place for you.

Rocky the bulldog

Meet Our Team

Valerie Andrews

Valerie Andrews

Finance and Operations Manager
operations@libertycounty.org
Terri Willett

Terri Willett

Office Administrator
assistant@libertycounty.org
Breanna Crowell

Breanna Crowell

Membership Coordinator
membership@libertycounty.org
Phyllis Taylor

Phyllis Taylor

Program Assistant
information@libertycounty.org
Liberty County small logomark

In Liberty County, we like to say we have The Right Blend for everyone. Whether you’re visiting us for a weekend, looking to plant some roots, or working on your business dream, Liberty welcomes you with open arms and endless possibilities.

Visit Liberty County today!