The city of LaGrange is located in the middle of the western border of Georgia and the western part of the 762 area code. LaGrange has a population of 28,201 people. The name of the city comes from the country estate of the Marquis de La Fayette, and the city was named so in honor of the Marquis de La Fayette’s visit to the area in 1825. Interestingly enough, it was Colonel LaGrange of the Union Army who invaded the city of LaGrange during the American Civil War. Upon arriving to the city, the colonel was persuaded by the women’s auxiliary militia, the Nancy Harts, to not damage any of the homes in the city. This agreement allowed the city of LaGrange to retain a large number of antebellum homes completely undamaged by the Civil War, which is rare for cities in Georgia as so many of the cities were heavily damaged in General Sherman’s March to the Sea. LaGrange College is located in the city and is the oldest private college in Georgia.
The primary industries in LaGrange are manufacturing and distribution. Exxon Mobil, Procter & Gamble, Caterpillar, Kimberly Clark, Illinois Tool Works, Mountville Mills, and Milliken & Company all have manufacturing plants located in LaGrange. Wal-mart and United Parcel Service both have distribution centers located in LaGrange. The presence of such well-known companies in LaGrange makes it an attractive place to work for attorneys interested in blue-collar workers’ rights.
Nearby West Point Lake is very popular with lawyers and other professionals from the 762 area code who like to spend their weekends fishing for bass. LaGrange offers a number of family-friendly events throughout the year for lawyers and their families to enjoy, including the annual LaGrange Christmas Parade and the annual Chili Cook Off and Halloween Festival. Horticulture fans from all over the 762 area code regularly visit the Hills and Dales Estate, which features one of the best-preserved 19th century gardens in America, the Ferrell Gardens. Lawyers and other professionals who wish to make the Bible “come to life” for their children enjoy taking their children to the Explorations in Antiquity Center, which is an interactive museum focused on the historical periods and locations described in the Bible.