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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.


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Marion County, Georgia

Marion County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Buena Vista
Year Organized: 1827
Square Miles: 367
Court House:

P.O. Box 481
County Courthouse
Buena Vista, GA 31803-0481

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Georgia's 72nd county was named for the Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion. Known as the "Swamp Fox," Marion campaigned successfully against the British in South Carolina.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Marion County was created in 1827. Georgia's 72nd county was named for the Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion. Known as the "Swamp Fox," Marion campaigned successfully against the British in South Carolina.

Fort Perry was built in Marion County by General John Floyd, on the old Alabama Road. It was named in honor of the hero of the Lake Erie Battle in 1812.

Points of Interest

Two antebellum courthouses still stand in Marion County: the Old Courthouse in Tazewell, erected in 1848 at a cost of $1,637, and the present courthouse built in 1850 in Buena Vista. The very first courthouse was built in 1839 in Horry, but burned down in 1845.

Another interesting tourist attraction is Pasquan, created by Eddie Owens Martin on his family farm. Martin painted and decorated virtually every square foot of every structure on the farm inside and out with images from Asian, African and Native American cultures.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Talbot County
  • Northeast: Taylor County
  • Southeast: Schley County; Sumter County
  • South: Webster County
  • Southwest: Stewart County
  • West: Chattahoochee County
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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!"


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