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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.

Morgan County, Georgia

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Morgan County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,868. Morgan County was created on December 10, 1807. The county seat is Madison. The county is named in honor of General Daniel Morgan (1736-1802), a hero of the Revolutionary War and U.S. Congressman.

Etymology - Origin of Morgan County Name

The county is named for Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan who defeated the British at Cowpens.


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Morgan County History

Morgan County was created in 1807 from a portion of Baldwin County. Georgia's 32nd county is named for Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan who defeated the British at Cowpens.

During the Civil War, Madison was spared destruction by Sherman's Army because it was the home of pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill.

The Madison Collegiate Institute was founded in 1849 by Baptists. It was later renamed the Georgia Female College. The Methodist Female College was also founded in Madison. These two schools were among the first women's colleges in the United States. Both were destroyed by fire and ceased operation.

Points of Interest

Madison has some of the finest antebellum homes in the state.

Hard Labor Creek State Park, right outside of Rutledge, that offers swimming, hiking, fishing and equestrian facilities featuring over twenty miles of riding trails. The park also offers an 18-hole golf course, that is the most challenging and scenic in the state for both public and private courses.

Morgan County African-American Museum is instrumental in preserving African-American heritage and promoting awareness of the contributions the African-American has made to the culture of the South.

Notable Citizens

Among the notable people who hail from Morgan County are William Tappan Thompson, a journalist and author who founded and edited Thr Savannah Morning News , and Lancelot Johnson, who first developed the process of pressing oil out of cottonseed

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 355 square miles (920 km2), of which 347 square miles (900 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (2.1%) is water.

 Morgan county is located in north Georgia. The county is in the Oconee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Oconee County
  • East: Greene County
  • Southeast: Putnam County
  • Southwest: Jasper County
  • West: Newton County
  • Northwest: Walton County


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