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Atkinson County, Georgia

In 1958, Georgia became the first state to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, although this was later overturned by the Supreme Court.
Atkinson County is located in the southern part of the state of Georgia. The area was originally inhabited by Creek Native Americans before European settlers arrived in the 18th century. The county was officially established on February 25, 1917, and it was named in honor of William Yates Atkinson, a former governor of Georgia.

The county's early economy was primarily based on agriculture, with cotton being the dominant crop. However, the arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century opened up new opportunities for trade and transportation, leading to some industrial growth in the county. The logging and turpentine industries also became important sources of employment and income for many residents.

In the early 20th century, Atkinson County saw some significant developments in its infrastructure. The construction of paved roads and the expansion of electric power brought improved access and modern conveniences to the area. The community of Pearson, the county seat, became a focal point for educational, commercial, and social activities.

Over the years, Atkinson County has continued to evolve and develop. Today, it is primarily known for its agricultural activities, including the production of peanuts, vegetables, and livestock. The county also offers recreational opportunities, such as fishing and hunting in the nearby Satilla River and the Okefenokee Swamp. Despite its small size and rural character, Atkinson County remains a close-knit community with a rich history and a strong sense of pride in its heritage.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Atkinson County, Georgia.

  • 1813: Atkinson County is established on February 15.
  • 1856: The first post office is established in the county.
  • 1861-1865: Atkinson County residents serve in the Confederate army during the Civil War.
  • 1871: Pearson is established as the county seat.
  • 1908: The Georgia and Florida Railroad brings economic growth to the county.
  • 1925: The Atkinson County Courthouse is built.
  • 1987: The Satilla River is designated as a State Water Trail.
  • 2005: Atkinson County celebrates its bicentennial.