Georgia was the site of the first European settlement in what is now the United States. In 1565, the Spanish established a settlement on St. Simons Island, which is now part of Georgia.
Lee County, Georgia is located in the southwestern part of the state and has a rich history that spans several centuries. The area was originally inhabited by the Muscogee (Creek) Native American tribe before European settlers arrived in the 18th century. These settlers established small farms and plantations, primarily growing crops such as cotton, tobacco, and corn.

During the American Civil War, Lee County was heavily affected by the conflict as it was located within the heart of the Confederacy. Many of the county's residents served in the Confederate Army, and the area experienced significant economic and social upheaval. After the war, Lee County, like much of the South, went through a period of reconstruction and recovery.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lee County experienced a boom in agriculture, particularly in cotton production. The introduction of the railroad helped facilitate the transportation of crops, leading to increased economic growth and prosperity. This period also saw the establishment of schools, churches, and other community institutions.

In recent decades, Lee County has seen significant population growth and urbanization. The county has become a popular residential area due to its proximity to the city of Albany and its desirable quality of life. Today, Lee County continues to thrive as a mix of residential, agricultural, and commercial areas, all while preserving its rich historical heritage.

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

  • 1826 - Lee County is created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly.
  • 1836 - The town of Starksville is established as the county seat.
  • 1856 - The town of Leesburg is incorporated.
  • 1890s - The railroad is extended to include Leesburg, leading to economic growth.
  • 1906 - The town of Smithville is incorporated.
  • 1950s - Agriculture remains a significant part of the local economy.
  • 1970s - Growth in population and residential development begins.
  • 1983 - The Lee County School District is established.
  • 2001 - The county experiences significant damage from a tornado outbreak.
  • Present - Lee County continues to grow and develop, with a focus on education and quality of life.