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Georgia Counties

Georgia is divided into 159 counties. Under the Georgia Constitution, Counties are granted home rule to deal with issues that are local in nature. Four consolidated city-Counties — Athens (Clarke County), Augusta (Richmond County), Columbus (Muscogee County), and Cusseta (Chattahoochee County) — exist.

Georgia has the second-highest number of Counties of any state in the United States, behind Texas (254). A few Georgia Counties have changed names over time. Jasper County was originally known as Randolph County. Later, the current Randolph County came into being. Webster County was once known as Kinchafoonee County, and Bartow County was formerly known as Cass County.


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Talbot County, Georgia

Talbot County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Talbotton
Year Organized: 1827
Square Miles: 393
Court House:

P.O. Box 155
County Courthouse
Talbotton, GA 31827-0155

Etymology - Origin of County Name

The county and county seat, Talbotton, were named for Governor Matthew Talbot, who was serving as president of the Senate when Governor Rabun died.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Talbot County, Georgia's 74th county, was created in 1827 from part of Muscogee County. The county and county seat, Talbotton, were named for Governor Matthew Talbot, who was serving as president of the Senate when Governor Rabun died.

The first session of the Georgia Supreme Court was held on January 26, 1846 at the old Claiborne Hotel in Talbotton. Here, the state's first fifteen attorneys were sworn in and qualified to practice law.

Points of Interest

Lying at the edge of the coastal plain, Talbot used to be at the ocean's edge. Now the county has large deposits of white sand which provides 90% of the United States' golf courses with their sand.

"Magic Hill," in Talbot County, is located at the foot of Pine Mountain. It is so named because of the illusion that a car with its brakes released appears to roll uphill on the road.

The county is also home to the Big Lazer Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Notable Citizens

Lazarus Straus, an immigrant from Bavaria, settled in Talbot County with his family and established a business which was the forerunner of Macy's department stores. Straus' sons, Isadore, Oscar and Nathan, were known nationally for their leadership in business, diplomacy and health reform, respectively.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Upson County
  • Southeast: Taylor County
  • South: Marion County
  • Southwest: Chattahoochee County; Muscogee County
  • West: Harris County
  • Northwest: Meriwether County
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"


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