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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.

Putnam County, Georgia

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Putnam County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 21,218. Putnam County was created on December 10, 1807. The county seat is Eatonton. The county is named in honor of General Israel Putnam (1718-1790), a hero of the Revolutionary War.

Etymology - Origin of Putnam County Name

The county is named to honor General Israel Putnam of Connecticut one of the Patriot commanders at Breeds Hill, in the engagement misnamed the Battle of Bunker Hill.


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Putnam County History

Putnam County was created in 1807 from a portion of Baldwin County. Georgia's 33rd county was named to honor General Israel Putnam of Connecticut one of the Patriot commanders at Breeds Hill, in the engagement misnamed the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Eatonton is home to the Uncle Remus Museum, as well as a Brer Rabbit Statue standing on the courthouse square.

Points of Interest

Rock Eagle State 4-H Club Center and the Oconee National Forest are located in the county. Rock Eagle is an eagle-shaped mound of white quartz boulders created by the early Indians.

Portions of Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair are in the county, providing an impetus for growth and development.

Notable Citizens

Joel Chandler Harris, author of The Uncle Remus Tales , was born and grew up in Putnam County.

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Alice Walker,was born in Putnam County. Her novel ,The Color Purple , was later made into a hit box office movie and hit broadway musical.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 361 square miles (930 km2), of which 345 square miles (890 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (4.4%) is water.

 Putnam county is located close to the center of Georgia.   The county is in the Oconee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Greene County
  • East: Hancock County
  • Southeast: Baldwin County
  • Southwest: Jones County
  • West: Jasper County
  • Northwest: Morgan County


Higher Education

S. Truett Cathy,the founder, chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A, Inc., is also originally from Putnam County.

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