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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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Marion County, Georgia

Marion County Education, Geography, and HistoryMarion County, Georgia Courthouse

Marion County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, reflected a population of 8,742. The county was created on December 14, 1827. The county seat is Buena Vista.  The county is named for General Francis Marion of South Carolina, known as the "Swamp Fox."

Marion County is included in the Columbus, GA-AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Marion 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

Marion 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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 367 square miles (950 km2), of which 366 square miles (950 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.4%) is water.

 Marion county is located in west Georgia. The county is in the Flint River basin and the Chattahoochee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

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

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