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Georgia is divided into 159 counties. Under the Georgia Constitution, Counties are granted home rule to deal with issues that are local in nature. Four consolidated city-Counties — Athens (Clarke County), Augusta (Richmond County), Columbus (Muscogee County), and Cusseta (Chattahoochee County) — exist.

Georgia has the second-highest number of Counties of any state in the United States, behind Texas (254). A few Georgia Counties have changed names over time. Jasper County was originally known as Randolph County. Later, the current Randolph County came into being. Webster County was once known as Kinchafoonee County, and Bartow County was formerly known as Cass County.
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Atkinson County, Georgia

Atkinson County Education, Geography, and HistoryAtkinson County, Georgia Courthouse

Atkinson County is a county located in the state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,375. The county seat is Pearson. The county was formed in 1917 from parts of Coffee and Clinch Counties. It is named for William Yates Atkinson, Democratic governor of Georgia from 1894 to 1898.

Etymology - Origin of Atkinson County Name

The county is named for William Yates Atkinson, who served as Governor and Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.


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Atkinson County History

The county is named for William Yates Atkinson, who served as Governor and Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Willacoochee is home to McCraine's Turpentine Still, a preserved wood-burning turpentine still of 19th-century design that operated from 1936 to 1942.

Atkinson County, created from Clinch and Coffee counties, has a county courthouse that was constructed in 1921.

Pearson, was named to honor Benjah Pearson who served in the Indian War of 1838.

Points of Interest

The Minnie F. Corbitt Memorial Museum was established in 1955 in the first residence built in Pearson (1873). It is dedicated to the memory of South Georgia pioneers and their way of life.

The city of Willacoochee is home of the "No Name Bar," fondly referred to by the late Lewis Grizzard in many of his columns.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Pearson was known as the "Chess Capital" of the state. The town hosted four consecutive championships, and Pearson residents made up one-fourth of the membership of the Georgia Chess Association.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 345 square miles (890 km2), of which 339 square miles (880 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (1.5%) is water. Atkinson is in the Satilla River basin and the Suwannee River basin.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Coffee County
  • Southeast: Ware County; Clinch County
  • Southwest: Lanier County
  • West: Berrien County


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