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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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Macon County, Georgia

Macon County Education, Geography, and HistoryMacon County, Georgia Courthouse

Macon County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 14,740. Macon County was created on December 14, 1837.    The county seat is Oglethorpe. The county is named in honor of General Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837), Speaker of the House of Representatives and a U.S. Senator.

The Macon County Courthouse is located in Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Etymology - Origin of Macon County Name

Macon County is named in honor of General Nathaniel Macon, a North Carolina statesman and president pro tempore of the US Senate.

Demographics:

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Macon County History

Macon County is named in honor of General Nathaniel Macon, a North Carolina statesman and president pro tempore of the US Senate. Macon County was carved from Houston and Marion counties in 1837.

Andersonville National Cemetery and Park is in the southwest tip of Macon County. Approximately 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned here during the Civil War, with 13,000 perishing from hunger and disease.

The city of Montezuma was named for the Aztec leader by soldiers returning from the Mexican War.

Points of Interest

There is a large Mennonite colony in Macon County near Montezuma.

The Colonel Fish's House is said to be haunted by the ghost of Colonel George Fish after he was found murdered here in the late 1800s. This house was originally located in Oglethorpe and then moved to Americus. The ghost followed the house to its new location.

Notable Citizens

Sam Henry Rumph of Macon County developed the Elberta Peach, the variety responsible for establishing Georgia as the peach state. John Donald Wade, famous Georgia author, also hails from the county

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 406 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 401 square miles (1,040 km2) is land and 5.4 square miles (14 km2) (1.3%) is water.

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

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Peach County; Houston County
  • Southeast: Dooly County
  • Southwest: Sumter County; Schley County
  • Northwest: Taylor County

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