Banks County was created by act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1858, a County seat was required as the location of all governmental activity. A small populated area then known as New Lebanon was selected which became the Town of Homer. Why the name Homer? Some think the Town was named after the Greek poet, Homer, but that is not what has been passed down. An amusing story states that a group of men were gathered together to formally name the town. After much discussion and deliberation and various suggestion, one man declared: "Just name it Homer and let's go home." An early resident of the community of New Lebanon Homer Jackson may have become the namesake! There is no definitive answer to this question!
Regardless, of how the name was chosen, Homer, is the quaint County seat of Banks County. Homer has at its center a Courthouse began in 1859 and completed in 1863 during the middle of the Civil War. The Courthouse was therefore paid for in Confederate dollars amounting to $6,600. This historic courthouse now houses the Banks County Historical Society's Museum with a large collection of artifacts of early pioneers of this foothill town. The upstairs courtroom remains today as it was when the construction was completed. occasionally it's used today to hold court! Along with the historic jail completed in 1906, make Homer a wonderful stop on a trip to the mountains. Old Courthouse is open on Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
While Homer remains a quaint foothills town, it's the thriving home for several local business. Homer is simply a place we call home!