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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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Miller County, Georgia

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Miller County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 6,125.  The county was created on February 26, 1856. The county seat is Colquitt. Miller county is named after Andrew Jackson Miller (1806-1856), president of the Medical College of Georgia.

Etymology - Origin of Miller County Name

The county is named after Judge Andrew J. Miller, who served as a commander of the Oglethorpe Infantry, served in the legislature for more than 20 years, and several times as president of the Senate. Miller is best remembered for introducing a bill to give property rights to married women.

Demographics:

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Miller County History

Miller County was created in 1856 from parts of Baker and Early counties. It was named after Judge Andrew J. Miller, who served as a commander of the Oglethorpe Infantry, served in the legislature for more than 20 years, and several times as president of the Senate. Miller is best remembered for introducing a bill to give property rights to married women.

The county seat is Colquitt. It is the only incorporated municipality within the county, and was named for US Senator Walter Colquitt, who was previously a clergyman, attorney and judge.

Points of Interest

Colquitt is home to "Swamp Gravy", Georgia's official folk life play with performances in the Spring and Fall. Each performance is a crowd pleasing blend of comedy, drama and music, steeped in a Southern storytelling tradition. Swamp Gravy's home is a renovated cotton warehouse known as Cotton Hall.

The entire town square in Colquitt is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also listed on the registry is the Tarrer Inn, built in 1861, currently in use as a bed and breakfast.

Notable Citizens

Peter Toth, an Hungarian-born sculptor, spent several years of his life traveling across America carving memorial gift monuments, one in each state, dedicated to the Native Americans. The only such monument in Georgia is in Colquitt. The 23-foot Red Oak tree is hewn into the head of an Indian brave.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 284 square miles (740 km2), of which 282 square miles (730 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.4%) is water. 

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

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Baker County
  • Southeast: Decatur County
  • Southwest: Seminole County
  • Northwest: Early County

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