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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.

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Fayette County, Georgia

Fayette County Education, Geography, and HistoryFayette County, Georgia Courthouse

Fayette County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 106,567.  Fayette County was created on May 15, 1821. The county seat is Fayetteville, which is located on the Flint River. The county is named in honor of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), a French hero of the Revolutionary War.

Fayette County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical

Etymology - Origin of Fayette County Name

The county is named in honor of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), a French hero of the Revolutionary War, one of General George Washington's commanders in the Revolutionary War.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Fayette County History

Fayette County was formed from parts of the Creek Indian Nation. Georgia's 49th county and its county seat, Fayetteville, were named for the Marquis de LaFayette, one of General George Washington's commanders in the Revolutionary War.

The Fayette County Courthouse in Fayetteville was built in 1825, making it the oldest courthouse in the state. Every Halloween children in the county fill the courthouse square with elaborately decorated jack-o-lanterns.

Housed in the former Margaret Mitchell Library in Fayetteville, the Fayette County Historical Society features historical collections concerning the civil war and local genealogical records.

Points of Interest

The "world's largest courthouse bench" is located alongside the southern walkway approach to the county courthouse in Fayetteville.

The largest city in the county, Peachtree City, is a totally planned municipality, which features over 90 miles of pedestrian and golf-cart pathways connecting all parts of the city.

Notable Citizens

Dr. Ferrol Sams, author of Run with the Horseman and other novels about the rural South, hails from Fayette County.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 199 square miles (520 km2), of which 194 square miles (500 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (2.5%) is water.

 Fayette county is located in northwest Georgia. The Flint River passes through the county. Fayette is in the Flint River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Fulton County
  • Northeast: Clayton County
  • Southeast: Spalding County
  • Southwest: Coweta County

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