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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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Quitman County, Georgia

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Quitman County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 2,513, making it the second-least populous county in Georgia. The county was created on December 10, 1858. The county seat is Georgetown.  Quitman county is named after General John A. Quitman, leader in the Mexican-American War, and once Governor of Mississippi.

Etymology - Origin of Quitman County Name

The county was named for General John A. Quitman, a leader in the Mexican War, once Governor of Mississippi, and an avid spokesman for states rights.

Demographics:

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Quitman County History

Quitman County was created from parts of Randolph and Stewart counties in 1858. The county was named for General John A. Quitman, a leader in the Mexican War, once Governor of Mississippi, and an avid spokesman for states rights.

The county's only incorporated municipality is Georgetown, the county seat. It was named for the area in Washington, D.C. It was originally called Tobanana after a nearby creek.

An earlier fortified settlement, believed to have been built by prehistoric Indians, was located where Cool Branch flows into the Chattahoochee River. Much of that area--indeed all of Quitman's western border--is now beneath the waters of Lake Walter F. George, an impoundment on the Chattahoochee River.

Points of Interest

Quitman County shares the Lake Walter F. George Wildlife Management Area with Clay County to the south.

The Quitman County Jail is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Harrison-Guerry-Brannon-Crawford Family Cemetery has many distinguished Georgians buried in it.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 161 square miles (420 km2), of which 151 square miles (390 km2) is land and 9.3 square miles (24 km2) (5.8%) is water.

 Quitman county is located in southwest Georgia. The county is in the Chattahoochee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Stewart County
  • Southeast: Randolph County
  • South: Clay County
  • West: Barbour County, Ala.

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