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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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Lee County, Georgia

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Lee County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 28,298.  Lee County was created on June 9, 1825. The county seat is Leesburg. The county is named in honor of General Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), a hero of the Revolutionary War.

Lee County is included in the Albany, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Etymology - Origin of Lee County Name

Georgia's 68th county, was named for Richard Henry Lee who had proposed in the Continental Congress that the colonies declare themselves free and independent. He was noted for capturing Augusta from the British in 1781, and was the father of Robert E. Lee.

Demographics:

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Lee County History

Lee County was one of the original landlot counties acquired from the Creek Indians in 1826. Georgia's 68th county, it was named for Richard Henry Lee who had proposed in the Continental Congress that the colonies declare themselves free and independent. He was noted for capturing Augusta from the British in 1781, and was the father of Robert E. Lee.

The first county courthouse in Lee County was in Starkville, but fire destroyed it in 1856. The courthouse in Leesburg, the present county seat, was also hit by fire in 1872. Smithville is now the county's only other incorporated municipality. Starkville lost its charter in 1995 when it was declared an inactive city under a law passed by the General Assembly

Lee County was once the site of Kennard's Settlement & Cowpens, a major Creek Indian center named for Jack and William Kennard, two Lower Creek chiefs friendly to white settlers.

Points of Interest

Lee County boasts opportunities for hunters and fishermen. Hunters can find quail, duck, and deer, with quail being most prevalent. Although public hunting land is limited, hunters can rent land seasonally on south Georgia plantations. Fishing is also popular along the Flint River and Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks, which abound with bass, catfish, and bream.

Chehaw Park, a wild animal park that falls within Lee and Dougherty counties, has camping and picnic facilities as well as wildlife in simulations of their natural environments. Animals include elk, bison, zebra, and elephants.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 362 square miles (940 km2), of which 356 square miles (920 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (1.6%) is water.

 Lee county is located in southwest Georgia. The county is in the Flint River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Sumter County
  • Northeast: Crisp County
  • Southeast: Worth County
  • Southwest: Dougherty County
  • West: Terrell County

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