Other Information: Schley
County's first courthouse was built in 1858 or early 1859. It
served until 1899, when it was torn down and replaced by the
current courthouse (see
early photo). The building was rehabilitated in 1992-93.
County Courthouse Historical
Schley County was created from Marion and Sumter countieson Dec.
22, 1857 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1857, p.
42). [Click here
for legal description of Schley County's original boundaries.]
Georgia's 124th county was named for former governor and congressman
The Dec. 1857 act creating Schley County provided that election
of county officials take place the first Monday in March 1858.
The act further authorized the first justices of the inferior
court to select the location for the county seat. In 1858, Richard
Burton sold the county 150 acres as a site for the county seat.
The land was surveyed and lots not used for county buildings
sold to the public. The new town was named Ellaville, after Burton's
oldest daughter, Ella. On Nov. 23, 1859, the legislature incorporated
Ellaville as including all territory within one-half mile of
the Schley County courthouse (Ga. Laws 1859, p. 154).
Size of County (Total
Area): 167.8 square miles
County Rank in Total
Area: 151st out of 159
City of Ellaville