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Georgia Counties

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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Coffee County, Georgia

Coffee County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Douglas
Year Organized: 1854
Square Miles: 599
Court House:

101 South Peterson Avenue
County Courthouse
Douglas, GA 31533-5259

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Named for General John Coffee, who fought in the region's Indian wars and was a hero of the War of 1812.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Coffee County, was created in 1854 from parts of Clinch, Irwin, Telfair, and Ware counties. Georgia's 107th county was named for General John Coffee, who fought in the region's Indian wars and was a hero of the War of 1812.

DeSoto's Spanish soldiers were probably the first Europeans to set foot in this area.

Douglas was named for Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln's opponent in the 1860 Presidential race.

Points of Interest

Coffee County is home to Broxton Rocks. These leopard-colored cliffs offer a botanist's dream of rare and endangered flora along with the largest and most dramatic outcrop of ancient sandstone anywhere on the coastal plain of the Southeastern US

General Coffee State Park is 1,490 acres of swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping. The park also features Pioneer Village, a 19th-century village complete with log cabins, chicken coop, smoke house, corn crib, and other exhibits.

The county is part of the Wiregrass Region. This area encompasses the southern third of the state and is named for the "wiregrass" which grows among the tall Georgia pines.

Higher Education

South Georgia College, the state's first publicly supported junior college.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Telfair County
  • Northeast: Jeff Davis County
  • East: Bacon County
  • Southeast: Ware County
  • South: Atkinson County
  • Southwest: Berrien County
  • West: Irwin County
  • Northwest: Ben Hill County

Cities and Towns:

- Ambrose city Incorporated Area
- Broxton city Incorporated Area
- Douglas (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Nicholls city Incorporated Area

County Resources:

Chamber of Commerce http://www.douglasga.org/

Additional County Info

County Resources
Counties: US Map
The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"

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