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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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Wayne County, Georgia

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Wayne County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 30,099. Wayne County was created on May 11, 1803. The county seat is Jesup. The county is named in honor of General Anthony Wayne (1745-1796) - known as "Mad Anthony Wayne". A U.S. Congressman and a hero of the Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War.

Wayne County comprises the Jesup, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Wayne County Name

The county bears the name of a flamboyant Pennsylvania commander in the Revolutionary War, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Until 1850, the county bragged that it had no jails and needed none.

Demographics:

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Wayne County History

Georgia's 28th county, Wayne County, was created in 1803 from Creek Indian land. The county bears the name of a flamboyant Pennsylvania commander in the Revolutionary War, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Until 1850, the county bragged that it had no jails and needed none.

The county seat was moved to Jesup in 1874. The current courthouse, built in 1803, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Often called "the town that trains made," Jesup's history is full of railway lore. In 1890, 57 trains per day made stops in Jesup, passenger fares collected averaged $1,000 per day, and the rail yard could hold 500 cars. Residents relied on the trains to set their clocks, provide entertainment, and sound alarms in emergencies. By 1924, Jesup was known as the railway center of South Coast Georgia. Trains still stop for passenger service three times daily.

Points of Interest

For recreation, residents of Wayne County may choose from many water sports. The Altamaha River offers canoeing, boating and fishing. Skiing competitions on Lake Kenerly attract national athletes.

Wayne County is home to two Wildlife Management Areas: Little Satilla and Tyler Tract.

Notable Citizens

One of Wayne County's swimmers, David Larsen, became an Olympic Gold Medalist.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 649 square miles (1,680 km2), of which 642 square miles (1,660 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (1.1%) is water.

 Wayne county is located in southeast Georgia. The county is in the Altamaha River basin and the Satilla River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Long County
  • East: McIntosh County
  • Southeast: Glynn County
  • South: Brantley County
  • Southwest: Pierce County
  • Northwest: Appling County; Tattnall County

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