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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.

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Jasper County, Georgia

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Jasper County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,900.  Jasper County was created on December 10, 1807 from Baldwin County. The county seat is Monticello. The county is named in honor of Originally named after Representative John Randolph of Virginia. In 1812 name was changed and named after Sergeant William Jasper (1750-1779), a hero of the Revolutionary War.

Jasper County is part of the very large Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Jasper County Name

The county is named for Sergeant William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero who died trying to retrieve his country's flag during the siege of Savannah.

Demographics:

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Jasper County History

Jasper County was created in 1807 from a part of Baldwin County. Georgia's 34th county was named for Sergeant William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero who died trying to retrieve his country's flag during the siege of Savannah.

Jasper County was created in 1807 from a part of Baldwin County. Georgia's 34th county was named for Sergeant William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero who died trying to retrieve a flag during the siege of Savannah.

Monticello, the county seat, was named for Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia. At that time, there were a large number of Virginian transplants in the Jasper County area.

Points of Interest

Parts of Lake Jackson and the Oconee National Forest are located in Jasper County.

There are several homes in the county on the National Register of Historic Places including the Hitchcock-Roberts Home (circa 1817), the Jordan-Bellew House (circa 1838), and Reese Hall (circa 1820).

Notable Citizens

Benjamin Harvey Hill was both a US Congressman and US Senator. He also served in the Confederate Senate and was a staunch supporter of Jefferson Davis.

Trisha Yearwood, the multi-Plantinum and multi-Grammy-winning recording star, is a native of Monticello.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 373 square miles (970 km2), of which 368 square miles (950 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (1.4%) is water.

 Jasper county is located close to the center of Georgia.   The county is in the Ocmulgee River basin and the Oconee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Morgan County
  • East: Putnam County
  • Southeast: Jones County
  • Southwest: Monroe County
  • West: Butts County
  • Northwest: Newton County

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