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Georgia Counties

Georgia is divided into one hundred and fifty-nine counties. The original eight counties of the State of Georgia were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes all created on February 5, 1777. The last new county to be established in Georgia was Peach County, established in 1924.

Atkinson County, Georgia

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

Atkinson County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 8,375. The county was created in 1917 from parts of Coffee and Clinch Counties. The county seat is Pearson. Atkinson county 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.

Demographics:

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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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the 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 county is located in south Georgia. The county is in the Satilla River basin and the Suwannee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

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

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