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The city of Savannah, Georgia was the first planned city in America. It was laid out in a grid pattern with squares for public use, and this design was later copied by other cities throughout the country.
Pierce County, Georgia has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes, including the Creek and Cherokee. European settlers began to arrive in the 18th century, establishing small towns and plantations.

In 1857, Pierce County was officially created and named after President Franklin Pierce. The county quickly became an important center of agriculture, with cotton being the primary cash crop. The county's economy grew alongside the expansion of railroads, which made it easier to transport goods to market.

During the Civil War, Pierce County was deeply divided, with some residents supporting the Confederacy and others remaining loyal to the Union. The county suffered significant damage and economic hardships during this time, but it gradually recovered in the years following the war.

Throughout the 20th century, Pierce County experienced growth and development in various sectors. Tobacco became an important crop alongside cotton, and industries such as timber and manufacturing also emerged. Today, Pierce County continues to evolve, with a focus on agriculture, manufacturing, and services contributing to its economy. Historic sites and landmarks, along with a strong sense of community, remind residents of the county's rich history.

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

  • 1818: Pierce County established as a land lot district
  • 1820: First settlers arrive in the area
  • 1822: Pierce County officially created from Ware County
  • 1837: County named in honor of Franklin Pierce, a U.S. senator and future president
  • 1850: Population increases due to the expansion of timber and turpentine industries
  • 1860-1865: County affected by the American Civil War
  • 1870s: Railroad construction leads to further economic growth
  • 1899: The county seat moved from Spring Hill to Blackshear
  • 1920s-1930s: County suffers from the Great Depression
  • 1942-1945: U.S. Army opens Camp Wheeler in Pierce County as a training site during World War II
  • 1950s-present: Agriculture and manufacturing become important industries in the county