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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.

Jeff Davis County, Georgia

Jeff Davis County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Hazlehurst
Year Organized: 1905
Square Miles: 333
Court House:

P.O. Box 602
County Courthouse
Hazlehurst, GA 31539-0602

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Named for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. Davis had served as the US Secretary of War prior to the Civil War.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Jeff Davis County was created in 1905 from parts of Appling and Coffee counties. Georgia's 140th county was named for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. Davis had served as the US Secretary of War prior to the Civil War.

Hazlehurst was named for Colonel George Hazlehurst, a civil engineer who surveyed the Macon & Brunswick Railroad. In August of 1995, Hazlehurst celebrated its "Censilver," 150 years of existence.

Points of Interest

The Altamaha River is formed from the merger of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers just northwest of Jeff Davis County. This is the largest free-flowing stream in Georgia and a haven for sports enthusiasts. Some of the largest largemouth bass in Georgia are found in these rivers. At least ten fishing tournaments are held in the county every year.

The tobacco crop was very important in the early history of Jeff Davis County, and the Hazlehurst Tobacco Market was one of Georgia's strongest.

Jeff Davis County shares the Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area, totaling 16,000 acres, with Bacon County.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Wheeler County; Montgomery County
  • Northeast: Toombs County
  • East: Appling County
  • Southeast: Bacon County
  • Southwest: Coffee County
  • Northwest: Telfair County
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