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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.
 

Lowndes County, Georgia

Lowndes County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Valdosta
Year Organized: 1825
Square Miles: 504
Court House:

P.O. Box 1349
County Courthouse
Valdosta, GA 31603-1349

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Lowndes County is named for William Lowndes, a South Carolina statesman who died shortly after being nominated for Vice President of the United States.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Lowndes County is named for William Lowndes, a South Carolina statesman who died shortly after being nominated for Vice President of the United States. The county seat, Valdosta, was named for Governor George Troup's plantations, named for an Italian alpine valley, Val D'Osta.

The first county seat, Franklinville, was established in 1828. In 1837, Troupville became the county seat until the railroad surveyors came to the area. The citizens of Troupville decided to pickup and move the town four miles to ensure its economic prosperity. The town was then renamed Valdosta in 1860 and became the new seat of county government.

Valdosta now has three National Register Historic Districts: Downtown, Victorian Fairview, and Patterson Street.

Points of Interest

The county's numerous opportunities for recreation include Langdale Park, the county's newest park. The 5,000-acre Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area, 10 miles north of Valdosta, is the second largest cypress-blackgum bay in Georgia after the Okefenokee Swamp. Visitors to the Wildlife Management Area can fish, canoe, birdwatch, hike, camp, and hunt.

Moody Air Force Base is located in the county. It was named for George Putnam Moody who died in an air crash in 1941.

Tours are also available of many of the city's historic homes, such as the Crescent, which serves as the headquarters for the Valdosta Garden Center, and the Barber Pittman House, which was home to the first bottler of Coca-Cola outside of Atlanta.

Valdosta is the business and retail hub for south Georgia and north Florida.

Valdosta also has a symphony orchestra composed of local professional musicians, Valdosta State University faculty and students, as well as guest artists.

Notable Citizens

Valdosta was the boyhood home of John Henry (Doc) Holliday from 1866-1972. The actual house was purchased and restored in 1981 for use as a residence.

Higher Education

Valdosta State University was originally founded in 1906 as South Georgia State Normal College for Women, and became part of the University of Georgia system in 1950.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Berrien County
  • Northeast: Lanier County
  • Southeast: Echols County; Hamilton County, Fla.
  • Southwest: Madison County, Fla.
  • West: Brooks County
  • Northwest: Cook County

Cities and Towns:

- Dasher town Incorporated Area
- Hahira city Incorporated Area
- Lake Park city Incorporated Area
- Remerton city Incorporated Area
- Valdosta (County Seat) city Incorporated Area

County Resources:

County http://www.lowndescounty.com

Chamber of Commerce http://www.greatervaldosta.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!"