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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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Hall County, Georgia

Hall County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Gainesville
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 394
Court House:

711 Green Street
County Courthouse
Gainesville, GA 30501-3374

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Named for Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence and later governor of Georgia.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Hall County was created in 1818 from Indian treaty lands. Georgia's 44th county was named for Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence and later governor of Georgia.

The county seat is Gainesville, which may have been named for early settlers in the area, or for General Edmund P. Gaines, who arrested Aaron Burr for treason.

Gainesville's municipal power plant was built in 1899. Gainesville was the first southern city to have electric streetlights.

Gainesville is often referred to as the "Poultry Capital of the World."

Points of Interest

Hall County is split by the Chattahoochee River and Lake Lanier, the most northerly impoundment of the river. Lake Lanier is a major recreation and tourism site and served as the venue for many of the rowing and kayaking events in the 1996 Olympic Games.

Notable Citizens

General James Longstreet of the Confederate Army made his post-Civil War home in Hall County. He was appointed Minister to Turkey by President Grant.

Higher Education

Gainesville College and Brenau University.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: White County
  • Northeast: Habersham County
  • East: Banks County
  • Southeast: Jackson County; Barrow County
  • Southwest: Gwinnett County; Forsyth County
  • Northwest: Dawson County; Lumpkin County

Cities and Towns:

- Clermont town Incorporated Area
- Flowery Branch town Incorporated Area
- Gainesville (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Gillsville city Incorporated Area
- Lula city Incorporated Area
- Oakwood city Incorporated Area
- Rest Haven town Incorporated Area

County Resources:

County http://www.hallcounty.org

Chamber of Commerce http://www.ghcc.com/

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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