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The largest land battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Chickamauga, took place in Georgia in 1863. Over 34,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing in the battle.
Jeff Davis County is located in the heart of the southern region of the state of Georgia. It was established on August 18, 1905, and was named after Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. The county was formed from parts of Appling and Coffee counties. Over the years, Jeff Davis County has grown and evolved, becoming an important agricultural and industrial center.

In the early days, the area that would become Jeff Davis County was primarily covered in pine forests, with very few settlers. The arrival of the Macon, Dublin, and Savannah Railroad in the late 1800s brought rapid growth to the region. With the railroad connecting the area to major markets, the county began to attract farmers and businesses looking to take advantage of the transportation opportunities.

Agriculture played a vital role in the early economy of Jeff Davis County. Farmers cultivated cotton, corn, and other crops. The county also became known for its timber industry, with many sawmills established to process the abundant pine resources. The development of these industries led to a growing population and the establishment of towns, such as Hazlehurst, which became the county seat in 1905.

As time progressed, the economy of Jeff Davis County diversified. Manufacturing and industrial sectors became increasingly important. The growth of industries such as textiles and lumber contributed to the county's economic success. In recent years, the county has continued to attract businesses in various sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture, and retail.

Today, Jeff Davis County remains a thriving community with a rich history. Its agricultural heritage, along with its growing industries, make it a unique and dynamic place to live and work in Georgia.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Jeff Davis County, Georgia.

  • 1905 - Jeff Davis County is established on August 18.
  • 1907 - Hazlehurst is chosen as the county seat.
  • 1908 - The county's first courthouse is constructed.
  • 1919 - The Bank of Hazlehurst is established, becoming the first bank in the county.
  • 1920s - The timber industry booms, becoming a major driver of the county's economy.
  • 1950s-1960s - The county experiences significant growth in agriculture, particularly with the production of tobacco and poultry.
  • 1979 - Jeff Davis County Historical Society is established to preserve and promote the county's history.
  • 1996 - The county's first industrial park, Jeff Davis Commerce Park, opens.
  • 2010 - Population of Jeff Davis County reaches over 15,000.