60 S G M A G A Z I N E | FA L L 2 0 1 8 In 1998, Rocquemore commissioned two artists from South Carolina to produce murals showing life in Milltown circa 1925. Visitors can pick up a self-guided map at the Chamber office located in downtown Lakeland. An audio tour, which provides the real-life stories behind each painting, is also available via a cell phone connection. According to Fitton, the Milltown Motorcade is another event for people to enjoy Lakeland and celebrate its history. “We usually have around 25 antique cars for our visitors to see,” Fitton said. “It is an event that draws visitors from all over the Southeast.” Serving as an essential part of Georgia’s history, Lakeland was the home to E.D. Rivers, who served as speaker of the Georgia House of Representative from 1933 to 1935, and governor from 1937 to 1941. According to the Georgia Historical Society, Rivers actively supported President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program. His innovative leadership produced Georgia’s first Department of Public Welfare, free school books, the State Highway Patrol, and modernization of the state’s highway system. Primarily an agricultural community, Lakeland has a mix of businesses that provide shopping and professional services. Carolyn Berryhill, a retired teacher, said historic homes are also part of Lakeland’s history. “Some of the houses on Main Street are over 100 years old and have been restored. We have almost everything a person could need or want in this little town. We have it all…except for heavy traffic.” Banks Lake is open to the public and has a boat ramp and fishing dock, as well as boat rentals. Contributed Photo. Lakeland has an abundance of agricultural businesses including Georgia Olive Farms and Gayla Grits. www.lakelandchamber.org