In 2021, Maxeys Model Mile was the first official 5K to be held along the Firefly Trail. We are excited to present the 2023 Maxeys Model Mile 5K. This is the 5th Annual Maxeys Model Mile. Come and celebrate this milestone with us! The race will start and finish along the Firefly Trail. Registration takes place along the Firefly Trail near the corner of Hwy 77 and Laurel Street.
Register to run in person or virtually for this years event CLICK HERE
Maxeys was established in 1834 and was first known as Shanty, then as Salmonsville. Eventually it was named in honor of Jesse Maxey, a landowner on whose property the town had developed. The Georgia Rail Road Company built a railroad line in 1841 that ran from Athens to Union Point running through then then named Shantytown, so named because of the "shantys" along the line where the train would stop.
Jesse Maxey had initially encouraged the railroad to come through the area by giving land for the right of way. The town was incorporated in 1907, and was a booming cotton town during the early 1900's due to the healthy agricultural economy and pioneering spirit of the people at that time.
Today, Maxeys has begun to come back to life with many new residents and the renovation of some of the old buildings in the towns center.
Maxeys provides a quiet, peaceful and friendly place for its community members to enjoy the rural way of life. Close enough to modern amenites, yet far enough away to strike a comforting balance.
One of Georgia's first commercial fertilizer plants was built there in 1874 by William B. Brightwell. That family established the foundation for the current scholarship.
The A. T. Brightwell Scholarship is a college scholarship program available only to children of residents of specific environs of Maxeys who meet the requirements of length of residency, high school graduation and other factors. The parents of the student must live within the prescribed area for a minimum of two years and remain in the area for the duration of the scholarship. The scholarship is not automatic and an application must be completed by the student and qualifications verified.
The Scholarship was created as a result of the will of Mr. Guy Brightwell which created a trust in memory of his father A.T. Brightwell. The trust is governed by the board of the A. T. Brighwell Schools, Inc.
Inquiries from beyond the environs will not be acknowledged.
Real Estate Agents stating property is "eligible" for the Brightwell Scholarship should not be relied upon as a reliable source for information. Specific inquiries may be made to the Executive Director via e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2019 Maxeys has proudly held an annual Christmas Parade to celebrate kicking off the holiday season.
2022 was another wonderful Christmas Parade - Thanks to all those who participated and came to watch and enjoy. The parade was a highlight of the day and in addition, many neighbors enjoyed a selection of food trucks and a wonderful row of local vendors sharing their wares for everyone.
If you would like to be in the parade or be a vendor, please email email@example.com