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Georgia was named in honor of King George II of England, who granted a charter for the colony in 1732.
Dodge County, Georgia, has a rich history that can be traced back to its establishment in 1870. Named after William E. Dodge, a businessman and philanthropist, the county was formed from parts of Montgomery, Pulaski, and Telfair counties. The land was primarily used for farming, with cotton being the main cash crop during the early years.

In the late 19th century, Dodge County saw significant growth due to the introduction of the railroad. The Central of Georgia Railway brought increased transportation and trade opportunities, which led to the development of new industries and the expansion of the county's economy. This era also brought the establishment of schools, churches, and businesses, bringing stability and a sense of community to the area.

The county continued to prosper in the early 20th century, with advancements in agriculture and the introduction of new technologies such as tractors and mechanized farming equipment. This allowed for increased productivity and efficiency in farming practices, leading to further economic growth and development for Dodge County.

However, like many other rural communities, Dodge County was not immune to the challenges brought about by the Great Depression and World War II. These events had a significant impact on the county's economy, as many farmers struggled to survive and businesses faced hardships. Despite these obstacles, Dodge County managed to recover and adapt in the post-war era, diversifying its economy and embracing industries such as manufacturing and tourism.

Today, Dodge County continues to thrive as a rural community with a strong agricultural backbone. The county takes pride in its rich history, strong sense of community, and its commitment to preserving its heritage for future generations.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Dodge County, Georgia.

  • 1807: Dodge County is created from parts of Wilkinson County and Laurens County.
  • 1831: The county seat is established in Eastman.
  • 1862-1865: Dodge County is heavily affected by the American Civil War.
  • 1889: The Central of Georgia Railway is completed in the county.
  • 1908: The Georgia Normal College is established in Eastman.
  • 1911: Dodge County High School is founded.
  • 1925: The first courthouse burns down, and a new one is built in its place.
  • 1957: Eastman-Hawkins Airport is established.
  • 1989: The Eastman Historic District is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2005: Dodge County celebrates its bicentennial.