Lovejoy is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,422, up from 2,495 in 2000. During the American Civil War, it was the site of the Battle of Lovejoy’s Station during the Atlanta Campaign of 1864.
Around 1850, the location just north of Fosterville, GA, was positioned along the new railway from Atlanta to Macon. The trainstop there was named for a prosperous local planter, James Lankford Lovejoy. On early maps, the location is called “surprises.” It became known as Lovejoy’s Station by 1864, where it was the setting of a civil war battle during Sherman’s campaign through Georgia. James Lovejoy left the region and died in Clinch County, Georgia in 1877.