Jackson County, Georgia

Jackson Co., GA

Jackson Co., GA


Jackson County, the 22nd county of Georgia, was created in 1796 from part of Franklin County on land formerly held by Cherokee and Creek Indians. It is named for Revolutionary War General, Congressman, and Senator James Jackson. The county seat is Jefferson, named for President Thomas Jefferson and was originally located on the site of an Indian village, Thomocoggan.

Veterans of the Revolutionary War, arriving in 1784 just after the Franklin County land cession, were among the first white settlers of the county. The first permanent settlement was Groaning Rock, established in 1784 on land owned by William Dunson, a settler from Germany.

The first county courthouse, a log and wooden frame building with an attached jail, was built on the south side of the public square; a second, larger, two-story brick courthouse with a separate jailhouse was built in 1817.
Sources: Wikipedia and New Georgia Encyclopedia

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Jackson County is bordered by Banks, Madison, Clarke, Oconee, Gwinnett, Barrow and Hall counties.

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