The Downtown Eatonton Main Street Organization

The beautiful town of Eatonton, GA is located in Putnam County, part of Georgia's Lake Country. The Downtown Eatonton organization, also known as Eatonton Main Street, Inc., is part of the national Main Street America, a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  We "share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development."


Downtown Eatonton represents and promotes the diversity of our downtown businesses and supports organizations and individuals that have an interest in or ownership of them.


Our role is to:

  • act as a hub for relevant news, resources, knowledge and good practices

  • raise the profile of and support the economic well-being of businesses in Downtown Eatonton through various programs - such as our  Façade Grant Program and Briar Patch Economic Vitality campaign

  • support our community by hosting festivals, events and partnerships

Eatonton Main Street's Mission:
To encourage the preservation of Eatonton’s

historic and cultural character through awareness,

business development, events, and by using

Main Street’s Four Point Approach.

Eatonton Main Street's Vision:
Downtown has small town charm with successful

businesses and happy customers. Eatonton Main

Street will encourage sustainable growth, tourism,

revitalization and preservation of traditional

architecture to enhance downtown.

Eatonton Main Street has been helping revitalize the Downtown commercial districts since 1999. It has gone through various name changes, so you may know it as Better Hometown, Main Street or by its current name, Downtown Eatonton.

We share both a commitment to place and to building a stronger community through preservation-based economic development by using the guiding principles of Design, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Vitality developed by the National Trust For Historic Preservation.

How We Function

The Downtown Eatonton Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm in The Hut, located at 400A W. Marion St., Eatonton, GA.


The next meeting will be held at 6:00pm, 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Location TBD.

Director, Board of Directors and Volunteers


While our Director is a city employee, all of our board and support members are volunteers. You do not need to be a board member or live in the downtown to help out. We are always looking for people to work on various tasks and events, and enjoy working with a variety of people with diverse skills, backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in helping out regularly or just once in a while, click here to sign up or send an email to and let us know what you'd like to do!

Erin Keating, Chair

Term Expires: August 2021

Karen Henry-Garrett, Vice Chair

Term Expires: August 2021

Maria Rios
Term Expires: October 2022

Melissa Williams
Term Expires: March 2022

Sara Tomson Hooper
Term Expires: August 2021

Alma Stokes

Term Expires: August 2021

Cindy Willis

Term Expires: September 2022

The Board of Directors for Downtown Eatonton are:

Downtown Eatonton 2019-22Annual Work Plan

Our board met earlier this year to craft a three year strategic plan, or work plan, as Main Street calls is. This detailed plan includes input from the public on what they want to see happen with our downtown. Below are the high-level goals, or transformational strategies. You can also download the entire plan here.

Downtown Eatonton Tier 1 Map

The boundary of the downtown business district is as follows:

Starting with the intersection of S. Washington St. and W. Sumter Street, heading northwest to the intersection of S. Washington St. and Marion St. (Hwy 16).


Turn right and proceed to the intersection of Madison Ave. and Marion St.

Turning left, proceed to W. Harris St. Turn right and proceed over Jefferson Ave. to Willie Bailey St.

Turn right on N. Maple and continue to E. Sumter (Hwy 16).

Dogleg to the right and continue on S. Maple to Walnut St.

Turn right on Walnut St. to Jefferson Ave.

At Jefferson Ave. turn right and proceed to intersection of Sumter St.

Turn left and continue to S. Washington St.

Any property on the road frontage and the interior area is considered the downtown business district and are subject to this district's requirements. All of these areas surround the Courthouse Square.

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