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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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Seminole County, Georgia

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Seminole County is a county located in the southwestern corner of US state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 8,729. Seminole County was created on July 8, 1920. The county seat is Donalsonville. The county is named in honor of Seminole Nation.

Etymology - Origin of Seminole County Name

The county is named for the Seminole Indians who, faced with settlement, left their lands in the Chattahoochee River Valley and moved to the Florida Everglades. Led by their chief, Osceola, they fought two bloody frontier wars with the US Army.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Seminole County History

Seminole County was created in 1920 from portions of Decatur and Early counties. It was named for the Seminole Indians who, faced with settlement, left their lands in the Chattahoochee River Valley and moved to the Florida Everglades. Led by their chief, Osceola, they fought two bloody frontier wars with the US Army.

Donalsonville was named for Jonathan E. Donalson, a member of a prominent family who had pioneered Decatur County.

Points of Interest

The creation of Lake Seminole behind the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam inundated many acres in the southern portion of the county. What had largely been swampland was turned into a water recreation resource. Fairchild State Park, Reynoldsville State Park and Seminole State Park are all on the Seminole County side of the lake.

Seminole County is located directly above one of the largest known aquifers in the world.

The famous Three-Notch Road on Highway 39 runs through Seminole County. This road was built by a volunteer army in 1814, and was marked by three carved notches which are still visible on the trees today.

Notable Citizens

Famous Seminole County Natives include the late Julian Webb, who served on the Georgia Court of Appeals, and Phillip Daniels, who plays defensive end for the professional football league.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 235 square miles (610 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (8.3%) is water.

 Seminole county is located in southwest Georgia. The county is in the Chattahoochee River basin and the Flint River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Early County
  • Northeast: Miller County
  • East: Decatur County
  • Southeast: Gadsden County, Fla.
  • Southwest: Jackson County, Fla.
  • Northwest: Houston County, Ala.

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