The land upon which the town of Palmetto is built was originally owned by Major Willis P. Menefee. He was considered the father of the town, and one of the early directors and stockholders in the Atlanta and LaGrange Railroad. When the railroad was being built, he gave all the land necessary for the tracks and station purposes. He also gave the property upon which the Palmetto Methodist Church is built.
Palmetto was named in honor of a company of South Carolina troups called the Palmetto Regiment, from Charleston, who found here a pleasant camping ground and rest from their weary march to the Mexican War. These soldiers were shown many acts of kindness by Major Menefee, and on leaving, presented him with a handsome sword, which is still treasured by his family. This was in January of 1847, and in May of that year the community was incorporated and given the name of Palmetto. Willis Menefee was named one of the first commissioners when the town of Palmetto was chartered on Fabruary 18, 1854.
Willis Penticost Menefee was born in 1814 in Talboton, Georgia, the son of George and Nancy Collier Menefee. He settled in old Campbell County in the early 1840’s. His wife was Jannett Watts Menefee.
The Menefee home was on the South end of Mail Street at the corner of Pine Street and Highway 29. The home began as a log cabin and later became one of the most beautiful homes of this area.
The 1850 census of Campbell County, GA, lists their children as Margaret A., George L.B.W., Willis P., Thomas H., Sara E., and Lucy. Their son Willis P. was killed in the Civil War at Petersburg at the age of nineteen.
The area that is now southwest Fulton was originally Campbell County, but it was merged into neighboring Fulton County on January 1, 1932.
Chattahoochee Hill Country became a city on December 1, 2007, with the first elected officials taking office a few days later. On September 23, 2008, the city was renamed by an ordinance from Chattahoochee Hill Country to “Chattahoochee Hills”.
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