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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.

Crisp County, Georgia

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Crisp County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,439. The county was created on August 17, 1905. The county seat is Cordele.  Crisp county is named for Charles Frederick Crisp.

Crisp County comprises the Cordele, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Crisp County Name

The county is named for Charles Frederick Crisp, a jurist, and Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives between 1891 and 1893.


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Crisp County History

Crisp County was created in 1905 from territory formerly belonging to Dooly County. It was named for Charles Frederick Crisp, a jurist, and Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives between 1891 and 1893.

Cordele, the county seat, was a "child of the railroad" having built up at a junction of the Savannah, Americus, and Montgomery Railroads. It was named for the daughter of the railroad's president.

Crisp County became the first county in the nation to own and operate its own electrical power plant. It was started in 1930, with Lake Blackshear on the Flint River providing its power source.

Points of Interest

The county is the gateway to the Presidential Pathways Travel Region with many attractions within easy driving distance of Cordele. The Little White House, Plains (home of Jimmy Carter), Westville, the Little Grand Canyon, and Andersonville Confederate Prison Site are a few of the historic attractions in this area.

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, an 8,700-acre park on the banks of Lake Blackshear, was established as a permanent memorial to the U. S. Veterans who served, fought, and died for freedom. Two museums are located in the park. An indoor museum includes exhibits interpreting wars and battles from the 18th century French and Indian War through Vietnam. An outdoor museum is comprised of planes, cannons, and tanks from World War I through Vietnam.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 281 square miles (730 km2), of which 273 square miles (710 km2) is land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) (3.0%) is water.

 Crisp county is located close to the center of Georgia. The county is in the Flint River basin and the Suwannee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Dooly County
  • East: Wilcox County
  • Southeast: Turner County
  • South: Worth County
  • Southwest: Lee County
  • Northwest: Sumter County


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