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List of county seats in Georgia (U.S. state)

The U.S. state of Georgia is divided into 159 counties, more than any other state except for Texas, which has 254 counties. Under the Georgia State Constitution, all of its counties are granted home rule to deal with problems that are purely local in nature. Each county has a county seat. In Georgia, county seats typically have a courthouse at a town square. Of the current 159 counties and two historic counties, 47 counties have changed their county seat at least once.

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HistoryEdit

When counties were established some counties already had towns, which were soon named county seats. Several counties upon establishment lacked populations centers and did not have a county seat for a year or more. Typically during those periods without a definite county seat, county courts and other local government business was held at the residences of community leaders or at churches. A county changing county seats in Georgia has become very rare since the 1920s, as has the creation of new counties. The last county to legally change its county seat was Bryan County because of the establishment of Fort Stewart in the 1930s. Columbia County has two county seats. Its de facto county seat since the 1980s has been Evans, Georgia. Its de jure county seat remains Appling.

While some Georgian counties have kept their same county seat since they were first created, many other counties have had their county seat changed one or more times. County seats in Georgia have changed over time for a variety of reasons. Among the more common reasons for county seats being changed include:

  • Towns along waterways growing as steamships were introduced
  • Railroads bypassing the county seat
  • Shifting county lines changing the center of population

A few county seats have regained their position of county seat after losing it:

  • Morgan was the county seat of Calhoun County from 1856 to 1923; it was re-designated the county seat in 1929
  • Stark(s)ville was the county seat of Lee County from 1832 to 1854, and then again from 1856 to 1872
  • Vienna, then known as Berrien, was the county seat of Dooly County from 1826 to 1836; it was re-designated the county seat in 1841
  • Waynesville was the county seat of Wayne County for several nonconsecutive periods in the mid-1800s

Three county seats have later become the county seats of other counties:

  • Pond Town was the temporary county seat of Lee County, Georgia when the county was first established from Muscogee (Creek) Nation lands in 1826. The county was very large and otherwise lacked European-American settlement. It was replaced in 1828. Pond Town evolved to become the town of Ellaville and became the county seat of Schley County in 1857.
  • Lumpkin was named the county seat of Randolph County on December 2, 1830. On December 23, 1830 Stewart County was created from the section of Randolph where Lumpkin was. Lumpkin became the county seat of Stewart County on December 30, 1830.
  • Watkinsville was the county seat of Clarke County from 1802 to 1871 when it was replaced by Athens, and then became the county seat of Oconee in 1875 when it was created.

On three occasions, the creation of new counties has put a current county seat completely outside of the new boundaries of a county:

County seat listingEdit

List of County Seats of Georgia[1]
County County Seat Date Notes Coordinates
Appling
Created 1818
Holmesville 1828 Holmesville was known as Appling Court House from 1828 until May 1831. 31°42′15″N 82°19′13″W / 31.704080°N 82.320398°W / 31.704080; -82.320398
Baxley 1873 Established in 1870 as Station Number 7 of the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. 31°46′41″N 82°20′57″W / 31.778091°N 82.349246°W / 31.778091; -82.349246
Atkinson
Created 1917
Pearson 1917 Established in 1875 as a depot of the Brunswick and Western Railroad. 31°17′54″N 82°51′10″W / 31.298333°N 82.852778°W / 31.298333; -82.852778
Bacon
Created 1914
Alma 1914 Established in 1900 as a depot of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. 31°32′30″N 82°28′00″W / 31.541667°N 82.466667°W / 31.541667; -82.466667
Baker
Created 1825
Byron 1828 31°36′41″N 84°16′29″W / 31.611492°N 84.274849°W / 31.611492; -84.274849
Newton 1837 On the banks of the Flint River. 31°19′00″N 84°20′22″W / 31.316667°N 84.339444°W / 31.316667; -84.339444
Baldwin
Created 1803
Hillsborough 1806 33°10′47″N 83°38′28″W / 33.179722°N 83.641111°W / 33.179722; -83.641111
Milledgeville 1807 Established 1803 on the Oconee River. State capital from 1804 to 1868. 33°05′16″N 83°14′00″W / 33.087778°N 83.233333°W / 33.087778; -83.233333
Banks
Created 1859
New Lebanon 1859 Designated the temporary county seat upon establishment of county in February 1859.
Homer 1859 34°20′02″N 83°29′59″W / 34.333889°N 83.499722°W / 34.333889; -83.499722
Barrow
Created 1914
Winder 1914 33°18′12″N 83°41′09″W / 33.303333°N 83.685833°W / 33.303333; -83.685833
Bartow
Created 1832
Cassville 1833 Destroyed by General Sherman's troops in 1864 during the American Civil War. 34°14′38″N 84°51′10″W / 34.243889°N 84.852778°W / 34.243889; -84.852778
Cartersville 1867 Voted as new county seat in January 1867. 34°09′57″N 84°47′52″W / 34.165929°N 84.797749°W / 34.165929; -84.797749
Ben Hill
Created 1906
Fitzgerald 1906 Established in 1895 as a colony for Union Veterans 31°42′56″N 83°15′23″W / 31.715556°N 83.256389°W / 31.715556; -83.256389
Berrien
Created 1856
Nashville 1856 31°12′25″N 83°14′48″W / 31.206944°N 83.246667°W / 31.206944; -83.246667
Bibb
Created 1822
Macon 1822 Incorporated in 1823. 32°50′05″N 83°39′06″W / 32.834722°N 83.651667°W / 32.834722; -83.651667
Bleckley
Created 1912
Cochran 1912 32°23′12″N 83°21′02″W / 32.386667°N 83.350556°W / 32.386667; -83.350556
Brantley
Created 1920
Hoboken 1920 31°10′58″N 82°08′02″W / 31.182778°N 82.133889°W / 31.182778; -82.133889
Nahunta 1923 Changed after a referendum. 31°12′16″N 81°58′56″W / 31.204444°N 81.982222°W / 31.204444; -81.982222
Brooks
Created 1858
Quitman 1858 30°47′05″N 83°33′39″W / 30.784722°N 83.560833°W / 30.784722; -83.560833
Bryan
Created 1793
Hardwick 1793
Bryan Courthouse 1797 Also known as Cross Roads. Near modern Richmond Hill. 30°47′05″N 81°18′45″W / 30.784722°N 81.312399°W / 30.784722; -81.312399
Clyde 1814 Established as Mansford. Renamed as Eden. Renamed Bryan. Later renamed as Clyde 32°00′40″N 81°24′32″W / 32.0110°N 81.4089°W / 32.0110; -81.4089
Pembroke 1937 Established in 1892. County seat moved to Pembroke because of the establishment of Fort Stewart 32°08′09″N 81°37′19″W / 32.135908°N 81.621857°W / 32.135908; -81.621857
Bulloch
Created 1796
Statesboro 1803 32°26′43″N 81°46′45″W / 32.445278°N 81.779167°W / 32.445278; -81.779167
Burke
Created 1777
Waynesboro 1777 33°05′26″N 82°00′55″W / 33.090556°N 82.015278°W / 33.090556; -82.015278
Butts
Created 1825
Jackson 1826 33°17′37″N 83°58′00″W / 33.293611°N 83.966709°W / 33.293611; -83.966709
Calhoun
Created 1854
Morgan 1856 31°32′20″N 84°36′04″W / 31.538889°N 84.601111°W / 31.538889; -84.601111
Arlington 1923 Changed by referendum following a petition. 31°26′22″N 84°43′29″W / 31.439444°N 84.724722°W / 31.439444; -84.724722
Morgan 1929 Changed by referendum following a petition. 31°32′20″N 84°36′04″W / 31.538889°N 84.601111°W / 31.538889; -84.601111
Camden
Created 1777
St. Patrick 1787
Jefferson 1800 Later known as Jeffersonton. 30°58′02″N 81°47′26″W / 30.967265°N 81.790451°W / 30.967265; -81.790451
St. Marys 1869 Changed by referendum with the other choice having been Satilla Mills. 30°45′23″N 81°34′17″W / 30.756389°N 81.571389°W / 30.756389; -81.571389
Woodbine 1923 Incorporated in 1908. 30°57′50″N 81°43′22″W / 30.963758°N 81.722830°W / 30.963758; -81.722830
Campbell
Created 1828
Merged with
Fulton in 1932
Campbellton 1829 33°39′01″N 84°40′10″W / 33.650278°N 84.669444°W / 33.650278; -84.669444
Fairburn 1871 Established in 1830. In 1853, the Atlanta and West Point Railroad passed through the community. Changed by referendum. 33°33′45″N 84°34′53″W / 33.5625°N 84.581389°W / 33.5625; -84.581389
Candler
Created 1914
Metter 1914 32°23′47″N 82°03′45″W / 32.396389°N 82.0625°W / 32.396389; -82.0625
Carroll
Created 1826
Old Carrolton 1827 33°37′59″N 84°59′03″W / 33.6331°N 84.9841°W / 33.6331; -84.9841
Carrollton 1829 More centrally located. 33°34′51″N 85°04′36″W / 33.580833°N 85.076667°W / 33.580833; -85.076667
Catoosa
Created 1853
Ringgold 1854 34°55′02″N 85°06′57″W / 34.917222°N 85.115833°W / 34.917222; -85.115833
Charlton
Created 1854
Trader's Hill 1855 30°46′47″N 82°01′51″W / 30.779759°N 82.030899°W / 30.779759; -82.030899
Folkston 1901 Established as a stop on Savannah, Florida and Western Railroad in 1880. Changed to county seat after a referendum. 30°50′04″N 82°00′17″W / 30.834444°N 82.004722°W / 30.834444; -82.004722
Chatham
Created 1777
Savannah 1777 De facto county seat from establishment of county system. De jure county seat on 1784. 32°01′00″N 81°07′00″W / 32.016667°N 81.116667°W / 32.016667; -81.116667
Chattahoochee
Created 1854
Cusseta 1854 32°18′20″N 84°46′37″W / 32.305556°N 84.776944°W / 32.305556; -84.776944
Chattooga
Created 1838
Summerville 1838 32°18′20″N 84°46′37″W / 32.305556°N 84.776944°W / 32.305556; -84.776944
Cherokee
Created 1831
Canton 1833 34°13′38″N 84°29′41″W / 34.227222°N 84.494722°W / 34.227222; -84.494722
Clarke
Created 1801
Watkinvsille 1802 Became county seat of Oconee County in 1875. 33°51′46″N 83°24′29″W / 33.862778°N 83.408056°W / 33.862778; -83.408056
Athens 1871 33°57′07″N 83°23′00″W / 33.951986°N 83.383333°W / 33.951986; -83.383333
Clay
Created 1854
Fort Gaines 1854 31°36′51″N 85°02′54″W / 31.614167°N 85.048333°W / 31.614167; -85.048333
Clayton
Created 1858
Jonesboro 1858 33°31′28″N 84°21′15″W / 33.524444°N 84.354167°W / 33.524444; -84.354167
Clinch
Created 1850
Magnolia 1850 30°56′25″N 82°46′55″W / 30.9404°N 82.7820°W / 30.9404; -82.7820
Homerville 1860 Became Station Number 11 on the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad in 1859. 31°02′13″N 82°45′05″W / 31.036944°N 82.751389°W / 31.036944; -82.751389
Cobb
Created 1832
Marietta 1834 33°57′12″N 84°32′26″W / 33.953333°N 84.540556°W / 33.953333; -84.540556
Coffee
Created 1854
Douglas 1855 31°30′27″N 82°51′03″W / 31.5075°N 82.850833°W / 31.5075; -82.850833
Colquitt
Created 1854
Moultrie 1859 31°10′00″N 83°47′00″W / 31.166667°N 83.783333°W / 31.166667; -83.783333
Columbia
Created 1790
Cobbham 1790 33°34′08″N 82°25′57″W / 33.5690°N 82.4326°W / 33.5690; -82.4326
Brownsborough 1790 Competing county seat.
Kiokee 179?
Appling 1792 De jure county seat. 33°32′45″N 82°18′57″W / 33.545833°N 82.315833°W / 33.545833; -82.315833
Evans 1980s De facto county seat. 33°32′15″N 82°07′40″W / 33.5375°N 82.127778°W / 33.5375; -82.127778
Cook
Created 1918
Adel 1918 31°08′18″N 83°25′33″W / 31.138333°N 83.425833°W / 31.138333; -83.425833
Coweta
Created 1826
Newnan 1828 33°22′35″N 84°47′19″W / 33.376389°N 84.788611°W / 33.376389; -84.788611
Crawford
Created 1822
Knoxville 1823 31°38′54″N 83°22′58″W / 31.648333°N 83.382778°W / 31.648333; -83.382778
Crisp
Created 1905
Cordele 1905 31°57′51″N 83°46′38″W / 31.964167°N 83.777222°W / 31.964167; -83.777222
Dade
Created 1837
Trenton 1839 34°52′32″N 85°30′31″W / 34.875556°N 85.508611°W / 34.875556; -85.508611
Dawson
Created 1857
Dawsonville 1857 34°25′16″N 84°07′09″W / 34.421205°N 84.119080°W / 34.421205; -84.119080
Decatur
Created 1823
Bainbridge 1824 30°54′17″N 84°34′16″W / 30.904722°N 84.571111°W / 30.904722; -84.571111
DeKalb
Created 1822
Decatur 1823 33°46′17″N 84°17′52″W / 33.771389°N 84.297778°W / 33.771389; -84.297778
Dodge
Created 1870
Eastman 1870 32°11′52″N 83°10′45″W / 32.197778°N 83.179167°W / 32.197778; -83.179167
Dooly
Created 1821
Berrien 1826 Name changed to Drayton in 1833. 32°05′29″N 83°47′47″W / 32.091408°N 83.796366°W / 32.091408; -83.796366
Drayton 1836 Same name, but new location near the Flint River. 32°04′28″N 83°57′21″W / 32.074500°N 83.955800°W / 32.074500; -83.955800
Glascock 1839 Authorized but never established.
Vienna 1841 Located at the same site of Berrien. 32°05′29″N 83°47′47″W / 32.091408°N 83.796366°W / 32.091408; -83.796366
Dougherty
Created 1853
Albany 1853 31°34′56″N 84°09′56″W / 31.582222°N 84.165556°W / 31.582222; -84.165556
Douglas
Created 1870
Douglasville 1874 33°44′59″N 84°43′23″W / 33.749722°N 84.723056°W / 33.749722; -84.723056
Early
Created 1818
Blakely 1826 31°22′36″N 84°56′02″W / 31.376667°N 84.933889°W / 31.376667; -84.933889
Echols
Created 1858
Statenville 1859 30°42′12″N 83°01′41″W / 30.703454°N 83.028043°W / 30.703454; -83.028043
Effingham
Created 1777
Tuckasee King 1784 32°31′56″N 81°16′36″W / 32.5322°N 81.2767°W / 32.5322; -81.2767
Elberton 1787 Located on the Ogeechee River when Effingham included much of modern Bulloch and Bryan counties.
Ebenezer 1797 Temporary count seat. 32°22′36″N 81°10′51″W / 32.376667°N 81.180833°W / 32.376667; -81.180833
Springfield 1799 32°22′06″N 81°18′37″W / 32.368333°N 81.310278°W / 32.368333; -81.310278
Elbert
Created 1790
Elberton 1790 34°06′35″N 82°51′56″W / 34.109722°N 82.865556°W / 34.109722; -82.865556
Emanuel
Created 1812
Swainsboro 1822 32°35′37″N 82°19′56″W / 32.593611°N 82.332222°W / 32.593611; -82.332222
Evans
Created 1914
Claxton 1914 32°09′39″N 81°54′31″W / 32.160833°N 81.908611°W / 32.160833; -81.908611
Fannin
Created 1854
Morganton 1854 34°52′36″N 84°14′44″W / 34.876667°N 84.245556°W / 34.876667; -84.245556
Blue Ridge 1895 Established in 1886 along the path of the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad, which had bypased Morganton. Changed by referendum. 34°52′06″N 84°19′16″W / 34.868333°N 84.321111°W / 34.868333; -84.321111
Fayette
Created 1821
Fayetteville 1823 33°26′52″N 84°27′42″W / 33.447778°N 84.461667°W / 33.447778; -84.461667
Floyd
Created 1832
Livingston 1833 34°12′46″N 85°20′55″W / 34.212778°N 85.348611°W / 34.212778; -85.348611
Rome 1834 34°15′26″N 85°09′53″W / 34.257101°N 85.164660°W / 34.257101; -85.164660
Forsyth
Created 1832
Cumming 1834 34°12′26″N 84°08′24″W / 34.207090°N 84.140098°W / 34.207090; -84.140098
Franklin
Created 1784
1793 Location unknown, but not Carnesville.
Carnesville 1805 34°22′17″N 83°14′01″W / 34.371389°N 83.233611°W / 34.371389; -83.233611
Fulton
Created 1853
Atlanta 1853 33°45′18″N 84°23′24″W / 33.755°N 84.39°W / 33.755; -84.39
Gilmer
Created 1832
Ellijay 1834 34°41′41″N 84°29′01″W / 34.694722°N 84.48361°W / 34.694722; -84.48361
Glascock
Created 1857
Gibson 1857 33°13′58″N 82°35′43″W / 33.232778°N 82.595278°W / 33.232778; -82.595278
Glynn
Created 1777
Fort Frederica 1777 31°13′26″N 81°23′36″W / 31.22384°N 81.39324°W / 31.22384; -81.39324
Brunswick 1797 Established in 1771. Site of county elections in 1787. Designated county seat in 1797. 31°09′32″N 81°29′21″W / 31.158889°N 81.489167°W / 31.158889; -81.489167
Gordon
Created 1850
Calhoun 1851 34°30′09″N 84°13′00″W / 34.502561°N 84.216667°W / 34.502561; -84.216667
Grady
Created 1905
Cairo 1905 30°53′00″N 84°57′04″W / 30.883333°N 84.951046°W / 30.883333; -84.951046
Greene
Created 1786
Greensboro 1787 Designated permanent county seat in 1802. 33°34′18″N 83°10′51″W / 33.571667°N 83.180833°W / 33.571667; -83.180833
Gwinnett
Created 1818
Lawrenceville 1820 33°57′11″N 83°59′33″W / 33.953056°N 83.9925°W / 33.953056; -83.9925
Habersham
Created 1818
Clarkesville 1823 34°36′47″N 83°31′27″W / 34.612961°N 83.524226°W / 34.612961; -83.524226
Hall
Created 1818
Gainesville 1821 34°18′16″N 83°50′02″W / 34.304444°N 83.833889°W / 34.304444; -83.833889
Hancock
Created 1793
Sparta 1797 33°17′00″N 82°58′00″W / 33.283333°N 82.966667°W / 33.283333; -82.966667
Haralson
Created 1856
Buchanan 1856 33°48′06″N 85°11′01″W / 33.801667°N 85.183611°W / 33.801667; -85.183611
Harris
Created 1827
Hamilton 1828 32°45′53″N 84°52′23″W / 32.764722°N 84.873056°W / 32.764722; -84.873056
Hart
Created 1853
Hartwell 1854 34°21′10″N 82°55′52″W / 34.352778°N 82.931111°W / 34.352778; -82.931111
Heard
Created 1830
Franklin 1831 33°16′47″N 85°05′54″W / 33.279722°N 85.098333°W / 33.279722; -85.098333
Henry
Created 1821
McDonough 1823 33°26′50″N 84°08′49″W / 33.447181°N 84.146925°W / 33.447181; -84.146925
Houston
Created 1821
Perry 1823 32°27′30″N 83°43′54″W / 32.458219°N 83.731621°W / 32.458219; -83.731621
Irwin
Created 1818
Irwinville 1831 31°38′54″N 83°22′58″W / 31.648333°N 83.382778°W / 31.648333; -83.382778
Ocilla 1907 Established in 1880. A railroad connected Ocilla to other major cities in the 1890s. 31°35′39″N 83°15′02″W / 31.594219°N 83.250554°W / 31.594219; -83.250554
Jackson
Created 1796
Clarkesboro 1799
Jefferson 1800 34°07′36″N 83°35′25″W / 34.126667°N 83.590278°W / 34.126667; -83.590278
Jasper
Created 1807
Monticello 1808 33°18′12″N 83°41′09″W / 33.303333°N 83.685833°W / 33.303333; -83.685833
Jeff Davis
Created 1905
Hazlehurst 1905 31°51′58″N 82°35′58″W / 31.866111°N 82.599444°W / 31.866111; -82.599444
Jefferson
Created 1796
Louisville 1796 State capital from 1796 to 1806. 33°00′15″N 82°24′17″W / 33.004167°N 82.404722°W / 33.004167; -82.404722
Jenkins
Created 1905
Millen 1905 32°48′14″N 81°56′57″W / 32.803847°N 81.949109°W / 32.803847; -81.949109
Johnson
Created 1858
Wrightsville 1859 32°43′46″N 82°43′11″W / 32.729478°N 82.719613°W / 32.729478; -82.719613
Jones
Created 1807
Clinton 1808 32°59′55″N 83°33′19″W / 32.998590°N 83.555316°W / 32.998590; -83.555316
Gray 1905 Citizens of Clinton refused to have the Macon and Northern Railroad built through their town in the 1890s. Gray grew up along the route the railroad was built. 33°00′31″N 83°32′03″W / 33.0086°N 83.5342°W / 33.0086; -83.5342
Lamar
Created 1920
Barnesville 1920 33°03′11″N 84°09′22″W / 33.053056°N 84.156111°W / 33.053056; -84.156111
Lanier
Created 1920
Lakeland 1920 31°02′21″N 83°04′13″W / 31.039167°N 83.070278°W / 31.039167; -83.070278
Laurens
Created 1807
Sumterville 1809
Dublin 1811 32°32′15″N 82°55′06″W / 32.5375°N 82.918333°W / 32.5375; -82.918333
Lee
Created 1825
Pond Town 1826 Temporary county seat. Later became the county seat of Schley County under the name of Ellaville. 32°13′51″N 84°18′31″W / 32.230740°N 84.308673°W / 32.230740; -84.308673
Sumterville 182?
Stark(s)ville 1832 On the banks of the Flint River. 31°46′16″N 84°08′44″W / 31.7712°N 84.1455°W / 31.7712; -84.1455
Webster 1854
Stark(s)ville 1856 On the banks of the Flint River. 31°46′16″N 84°08′44″W / 31.7712°N 84.1455°W / 31.7712; -84.1455
Leesburg 1872 Established as a station in 1870 on the Southwestern Railroad. 31°43′58″N 84°10′15″W / 31.732778°N 84.170833°W / 31.732778; -84.170833
Liberty
Created 1825
Sunbury 1784 31°46′03″N 81°16′52″W / 31.7675°N 81.2811°W / 31.7675; -81.2811
Riceborough 1789 Slightly more centrally located and further inland. 31°44′07″N 81°26′25″W / 31.735278°N 81.440278°W / 31.735278; -81.440278
Hinesville 1837 Changed by referendum. More centrally located. 31°49′57″N 81°36′42″W / 31.8325°N 81.611667°W / 31.8325; -81.611667
Lincoln
Created 1796
Lincolnton 1798 33°47′40″N 33°47′40″W / 33.794444°N 33.794444°W / 33.794444; -33.794444
Long
Created 1920
Ludowici 1920 31°42′38″N 81°44′40″W / 31.710556°N 81.744444°W / 31.710556; -81.744444
Lowndes
Created 1825
Franklinville 1828 30°58′58″N 83°16′39″W / 30.982840°N 83.277446°W / 30.982840; -83.277446
Lowndesville 1834 Only established as a county seat by law and never established physically. 30°48′42″N 83°22′23″W / 30.811781°N 83.373111°W / 30.811781; -83.373111
Troupville 1837 Located at the confluence of the Withlacoochee River and the Little River. 30°51′10″N 83°20′40″W / 30.852822°N 83.344491°W / 30.852822; -83.344491
Valdosta 1860 Established on the route of the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad. 30°50′48″N 83°16′59″W / 30.846667°N 83.283056°W / 30.846667; -83.283056
Lumpkin
Created 1832
Auraria 1832 34°28′28″N 84°01′25″W / 34.4745°N 84.0237°W / 34.4745; -84.0237
Dahlonega 1833 Site of the Georgia Gold Rush of 1829. 34°32′00″N 83°59′00″W / 34.533333°N 83.983333°W / 34.533333; -83.983333
Macon
Created 1837
Lanier 1838 32°21′07″N 84°03′51″W / 32.352050°N 84.064263°W / 32.352050; -84.064263
Oglethorpe 1856 The Southwestern Railroad bypassed Lanier in the mid-1850s. Changed by referendum. 32°17′38″N 84°03′40″W / 32.293852°N 84.061011°W / 32.293852; -84.061011
Madison
Created 1811
Danielsville 1812 34°07′27″N 83°12′59″W / 34.124167°N 83.216389°W / 34.124167; -83.216389
Marion
Created 1827
Horry 1828 Renamed Marionville.
Tazewell 1838 32°22′50″N 84°26′27″W / 32.380462°N 84.440770°W / 32.380462; -84.440770
Buena Vista 1850 More centrally located as the county got smaller. 32°19′06″N 84°30′58″W / 32.318333°N 84.516111°W / 32.318333; -84.516111
McDuffie
Created 1870
Thomson 1870 33°28′02″N 33°28′02″W / 33.467222°N 33.467222°W / 33.467222; -33.467222
McIntosh
Created 1793
Darien 1793 31°22′16″N 81°25′51″W / 31.371111°N 81.430833°W / 31.371111; -81.430833
Meriwether
Created 1827
Greenville 1828 33°01′40″N 84°42′49″W / 33.027778°N 84.713611°W / 33.027778; -84.713611
Miller
Created 1856
Colquitt 1856 31°10′23″N 84°43′43″W / 31.173056°N 84.728611°W / 31.173056; -84.728611
Milton
Created 1857
Merged with
Fulton in 1932
Alpharetta 1858 34°04′24″N 84°16′52″W / 34.073333°N 84.281111°W / 34.073333; -84.281111
Mitchell
Created 1857
Camilla 1858 31°13′49″N 84°12′33″W / 31.230278°N 84.209167°W / 31.230278; -84.209167
Monroe
Created 1821
Johnstonville 1821 33°05′21″N 84°04′27″W / 33.089082°N 84.074286°W / 33.089082; -84.074286
Forsyth 1823 33°02′04″N 83°56′20″W / 33.034563°N 83.938951°W / 33.034563; -83.938951
Montgomery
Created 1793
the plantation of Arthur Lott 1797
Mount Vernon 1813 Significant county line changes after the creation of Emanuel County in 1812 put the old county seat within Emanuel County. 32°10′53″N 82°35′38″W / 32.181389°N 82.593889°W / 32.181389; -82.593889
Morgan
Created 1807
Madison 1808 33°35′44″N 83°28′05″W / 33.595640°N 83.468006°W / 33.595640; -83.468006
Murray
Created 1832
Spring Place 1834 34°45′30″N 84°49′14″W / 34.758303°N 84.820590°W / 34.758303; -84.820590
Chatsworth 1913 Established on the route of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1905. Changed by referendum. 34°46′00″N 84°46′12″W / 34.766764°N 84.770066°W / 34.766764; -84.770066
Muscogee
Created 1826
Columbus 1828 32°29′32″N 84°56′25″W / 32.492222°N 84.940278°W / 32.492222; -84.940278
Newton
Created 1821
Covington 1822 33°35′48″N 83°51′36″W / 33.596533°N 83.859925°W / 33.596533; -83.859925
Oconee
Created 1875
Watkinvsille 1875 Formerly the county seat of Clarke County. 33°51′46″N 83°24′29″W / 33.862778°N 83.408056°W / 33.862778; -83.408056
Oglethorpe
Created 1793
Woodstock 1790s 33°43′38″N 82°59′28″W / 33.727254°N 82.991239°W / 33.727254; -82.991239
Lexington 1806 33°52′13″N 83°06′39″W / 33.870278°N 83.110833°W / 33.870278; -83.110833
Paulding
Created 1832
Van Wert 1838 33°59′14″N 85°02′36″W / 33.987222°N 85.043333°W / 33.987222; -85.043333
Dallas 1852 Van Wert was in the portion of Paulding County used to create Polk County in 1851. 33°55′07″N 84°50′27″W / 33.918611°N 84.840833°W / 33.918611; -84.840833
Peach
Created 1924
Fort Valley 1924 32°33′12″N 83°53′17″W / 32.553396°N 83.888105°W / 32.553396; -83.888105
Pickens
Created 1853
Jasper 1857 34°28′09″N 84°26′03″W / 34.469167°N 84.434167°W / 34.469167; -84.434167
Pierce
Created 1857
Blackshear 1858 31°17′56″N 82°14′52″W / 31.298889°N 82.247778°W / 31.298889; -82.247778
Pike
Created 1822
Newnan 1823
Zebulon 1825 33°05′56″N 84°20′32″W / 33.098889°N 84.342222°W / 33.098889; -84.342222
Polk
Created 1851
Cedartown 1854 34°00′55″N 85°15′14″W / 34.015278°N 85.253889°W / 34.015278; -85.253889
Pulaski
Created 1808
Hartford 1809 32°17′09″N 83°26′57″W / 32.285833°N 83.449167°W / 32.285833; -83.449167
Hawkinsville 1836 32°17′01″N 83°28′36″W / 32.283611°N 83.476667°W / 32.283611; -83.476667
Putnam
Created 1807
Eatonton 1808 33°19′35″N 83°23′16″W / 33.326389°N 83.387778°W / 33.326389; -83.387778
Quitman
Created 1858
Georgetown 1859 31°53′05″N 85°06′32″W / 31.884737°N 85.108863°W / 31.884737; -85.108863
Rabun
Created 1819
Clayton 1821 34°52′40″N 83°24′06″W / 34.877778°N 83.401667°W / 34.877778; -83.401667
Randolph
Created 1828
Lumpkin 1830 Three weeks later became county seat of Stewart County. 32°02′59″N 84°47′45″W / 32.049722°N 84.795833°W / 32.049722; -84.795833
Cuthbert 1831 31°46′15″N 84°47′37″W / 31.770833°N 84.793611°W / 31.770833; -84.793611
Richmond
Created 1777
Augusta 1777 33°28′00″N 81°58′00″W / 33.466667°N 81.966667°W / 33.466667; -81.966667
Rockdale
Created 1870
Conyers 1870 33°40′03″N 84°01′04″W / 33.667579°N 84.017642°W / 33.667579; -84.017642
Schley
Created 1857
Ellaville 1857 Former county seat of Lee County. 32°13′51″N 84°18′31″W / 32.230740°N 84.308673°W / 32.230740; -84.308673
Screven
Created 1828
Jacksonborough 1793 32°49′22″N 81°37′22″W / 32.8227°N 81.6228°W / 32.8227; -81.6228
Sylvania 1847 32°45′03″N 81°38′13″W / 32.7507°N 81.6369°W / 32.7507; -81.6369
Seminole
Created 1920
Donalsonville 1920 31°02′27″N 84°52′42″W / 31.040833°N 84.878333°W / 31.040833; -84.878333
Spalding
Created 1851
Griffin 1851 33°14′51″N 84°16′15″W / 33.2475°N 84.270833°W / 33.2475; -84.270833
Stephens
Created 1905
Toccoa 1905 34°34′38″N 83°19′59″W / 34.577213°N 83.333047°W / 34.577213; -83.333047
Stewart
Created 1830
Lumpkin 1830 Former county seat of Randolph County. 32°02′59″N 84°47′45″W / 32.049722°N 84.795833°W / 32.049722; -84.795833
Sumter
Created 1831
Americus 1832 32°04′31″N 84°13′36″W / 32.075278°N 84.226667°W / 32.075278; -84.226667
Talbot
Created 1827
Talbotton 1828 32°40′41″N 84°32′23″W / 32.678056°N 84.539722°W / 32.678056; -84.539722
Taliaferro
Created 1825
Crawfordville 1826 33°33′17″N 82°53′54″W / 33.554722°N 82.898333°W / 33.554722; -82.898333
Tattnall
Created 1801
Drake's Ferry 1801
Ohoopee Mills 1808
Reidsville 1832 32°05′02″N 82°07′15″W / 32.083889°N 82.120833°W / 32.083889; -82.120833
Taylor
Created 1852
Butler 1853 32°33′26″N 84°14′14″W / 32.557153°N 84.237323°W / 32.557153; -84.237323
Telfair
Created 1808
Jacksonville 1793 31°48′48″N 82°58′31″W / 31.813333°N 82.975278°W / 31.813333; -82.975278
McRae 1871 Established in 1871 as Station Number 11 on the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. 32°03′52″N 82°53′54″W / 32.064444°N 82.898333°W / 32.064444; -82.898333
Terrell
Created 1856
Dawson 1856 31°46′26″N 84°26′27″W / 31.773889°N 84.440833°W / 31.773889; -84.440833
Thomas
Created 1825
Thomasville 1826 30°50′11″N 83°58′42″W / 30.836389°N 83.978333°W / 30.836389; -83.978333
Tift
Created 1905
Tifton 1905 31°27′01″N 83°30′32″W / 31.450405°N 83.508839°W / 31.450405; -83.508839
Toombs
Created 1905
Lyons 1905 32°12′15″N 82°19′22″W / 32.204167°N 82.322778°W / 32.204167; -82.322778
Towns
Created 1856
Hiawassee 1856 34°56′56″N 83°45′27″W / 34.948955°N 83.757534°W / 34.948955; -83.757534
Treutlen
Created 1918
Soperton 1918 32°22′34″N 82°35′34″W / 32.376111°N 82.592778°W / 32.376111; -82.592778
Troup
Created 1826
LaGrange 1828 33°02′12″N 85°01′55″W / 33.036667°N 85.031944°W / 33.036667; -85.031944
Turner
Created 1905
Ashburn 1905 31°42′16″N 83°39′14″W / 31.704444°N 83.653889°W / 31.704444; -83.653889
Twiggs
Created 1809
Marion 1810 32°39′44″N 83°26′15″W / 32.6623°N 83.4374°W / 32.6623; -83.4374
Jeffersonville 1867 First settled in the 1820s. Changed by a referendum in 1866. 32°41′02″N 83°20′23″W / 32.683889°N 83.339722°W / 32.683889; -83.339722
Union
Created 1832
Blairsville 1835 34°52′32″N 83°57′24″W / 34.875556°N 83.956667°W / 34.875556; -83.956667
Upson
Created 1824
Thomaston 1825 32°53′15″N 84°19′36″W / 32.887579°N 84.326736°W / 32.887579; -84.326736
Walker
Created 1833
LaFayette 1835 34°42′35″N 85°17′02″W / 34.709722°N 85.283889°W / 34.709722; -85.283889
Walton
Created 1818
Monroe 1821 33°47′36″N 83°42′39″W / 33.793333°N 83.710833°W / 33.793333; -83.710833
Ware
Created 1824
Waresborough 1824 31°14′56″N 82°28′28″W / 31.2490°N 82.4744°W / 31.2490; -82.4744
Waycross 1873 Established as Station Number 9 of the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad in the 1850s. Additional railroads soon intersected the location as well. Changed by referendum. 31°12′48″N 82°21′15″W / 31.213408°N 82.354049°W / 31.213408; -82.354049
Warren
Created 1793
Warrenton 1797 33°24′27″N 82°39′46″W / 33.4075°N 82.662778°W / 33.4075; -82.662778
Washington
Created 1784
Warthen 1780s 33°06′08″N 82°48′13″W / 33.102222°N 82.803611°W / 33.102222; -82.803611
Sandersville 1796 32°58′55″N 82°48′35″W / 32.981944°N 82.809722°W / 32.981944; -82.809722
Wayne
Created 1803
Tuckersville 1814 Acting county seat located near the ford of Buffalo Swamp
Waynesville 1829 First county seat in Wayne County created by the Georgia General Assembly. 31°13′46″N 81°47′21″W / 31.229444°N 81.789167°W / 31.229444; -81.789167
Tuckersville 1847 Not effective until after 1848
Waynesville 1856 Selected by popular vote 31°13′46″N 81°47′21″W / 31.229444°N 81.789167°W / 31.229444; -81.789167
Jesup 1873 Established as a depot at the junction of Macon and Brunswick and Atlantic and Gulf railroads in 1856. 31°36′26″N 81°53′07″W / 31.607136°N 81.885324°W / 31.607136; -81.885324
Webster
Created 1853
McIntosh 185?
Preston 1856 31°12′48″N 84°32′18″W / 31.213408°N 84.538333°W / 31.213408; -84.538333
Wheeler
Created 1912
Alamo 1912 32°08′54″N 82°46′43″W / 32.148333°N 82.778611°W / 32.148333; -82.778611
White
Created 1857
Cleveland 1857 34°35′47″N 83°45′50″W / 34.596389°N 83.763889°W / 34.596389; -83.763889
Whitfield
Created 1851
Dalton 1851 34°46′16″N 84°58′18″W / 34.771111°N 84.971667°W / 34.771111; -84.971667
Wilcox
Created 1857
Abbeville 1858 31°59′30″N 83°18′27″W / 31.991667°N 83.3075°W / 31.991667; -83.3075
Wilkes
Created 1777
Washington 1784 33°44′07″N 82°44′29″W / 33.735278°N 82.741389°W / 33.735278; -82.741389
Wilkinson
Created 1803
Irwinton 1811 32°48′43″N 83°10′36″W / 32.811944°N 83.176667°W / 32.811944; -83.176667
Worth
Created 1853
Isabella 1853 31°34′08″N 83°51′14″W / 31.5688°N 83.8540°W / 31.5688; -83.8540
Sylvester 1904 In 1872, the Brunswick and Albany Railroad bypassed Isabella by nearly 3 miles. Changed by referendum. 31°31′53″N 83°50′10″W / 31.531389°N 83.836111°W / 31.531389; -83.836111

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  1. ^ "Counties". GEORGIAINFO: An Online Georgia Almanac. Digital Library of Georgia. 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 

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