About This Place
Montezuma is a city in Macon County, Georgia (ZIP code 31063). The population was 3,999 at the 2000 census. It is home to the armory of Bravo Company, 648th Engineers of the Georgia Army National Guard.
Montezuma was named after the famous Aztec leader by soldiers returning from the Mexican War (1846-48). It was incorporated in 1854. It is also home to a thriving Mennonite community, because ten to fifteen Mennonite families moved from Virginia in the 1950s. These ten to fifteen families quickly became over 100 families sharing two to three common surnames: Yoder, Kaufman, and Overholt. Widely criticized for marrying close family members, the Mennonite community require their children to drop out of school by 8th grade. Boys will typically continue to learn their fathers' trade and girls will begin learning to sew and cook and are generally married by 18 to 20 years of age with parental consent per Georgia law.
Montezuma is located at 32°18′10″N 84°1′38″W / 32.30278°N 84.02722°W / 32.30278; -84.02722 (32.302789, -84.027352).