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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.

Clinch County, Georgia

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Clinch County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 6,798.  Clinch County was created on February 14, 1850 from Ware County and Lowndes County.  The county seat is Homerville. The county is named in honor of Duncan Lamont Clinch, (1784-1849), a hero of the War of 1812 and the Seminole War, and a US Congressman.

Etymology - Origin of Clinch County Name

The county is named for General Duncan Clinch, who served in the War of 1812, defeated the Seminole Indian Chief Osceola in Florida, and later served in the US Congress.


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Clinch County History

Clinch County, the 94th county formed in Georgia, was created from portions of Ware and Lowndes counties in 1850. The county was named for General Duncan Clinch, who served in the War of 1812, defeated the Seminole Indian Chief Osceola in Florida, and later served in the US Congress.

Points of Interest

Part of the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge lies in Clinch County. Both the St. Mary's and Suwannee Rivers rise within the swamp. World famous Stephen C. Foster State Park is located in Fargo. The park's boat tours are a twisting and turning adventure through the Okefenokee Swamp.

Notable Citizens

One notable person from Clinch County is the well-known actor/author/playwright, Ossie Davis, who was born in Cogdell.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 824 square miles (2,130 km2), of which 800 square miles (2,100 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (2.9%) is water.

 Clinch county is located in south Georgia. The county is the fourth-largest county in Georgia by land area and third-largest by total area. Eastern and southeastern portions of the county lie within the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected areas. Clinch county is mainly in the Suwannee River basin and a very small portion in the Satilla River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Ware County
  • Southeast: Baker County, Fla.
  • South: Columbia County, Fla.
  • Southwest: Echols County
  • Northwest: Lanier County; Atkinson County


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