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Carroll County



Courthouse
LocationCarrollton
Date Built1928
Architecture StyleItalian Renaissance Revival
DesignerWilliam J.J. Chase
Seat InformationProvision for designating a county seat for Carroll County came with an act of Dec. 11, 1826, in which the legislature provided that the county's first election be at the McIntosh Reserve at the home of William O. Wagnon. The legislation further provided that superior and inferior courts would held at the same site until the judges of the inferior court could select a site to serve as county seat. In 1827, the court designated a land lot near Sand Hill that became known as "Carroll County Courthouse" or "Old Carrollton." In 1829, the legislature designated Carrollton as county seat and incorporated the town.
Courthouse DetailsThe 1826 legislation organizing Carroll County provided that until a county seat was designated and a courthouse built, the house of William O. Wagnon on the McIntosh Reserve would serve as the site for holding elections and conduction sessions of superior and inferior courts. In 1829, Carrollton was designated county seat. It is not clear what served as county seat for the next twenty years, though it probably was a simple log or frame structure. In 1847, the legislature authorized the county to levy a special tax for the purpose of building a new courthouse, which was completed in 1849. In 1856, the legislature authorized Carroll County to levy another special tax to finance a new courthouse. Whether sufficient funds were raised to build a new courthouse before the Civil War is not known. In the 1880s, a new two-story brick courthouse with a prominent clock tower next to the front entrance was constructed. This courthouse burned in 1927 and was replaced the next year by the current structure.
County Data
Population110,527
Population 200087,268
Population Growth26.7
County SeatCarrollton
County Area503.9 Square Miles
Location MapCarroll County Location Map
History

Carroll County was of five counties created by a June 9, 1825 act of the General Assembly. The act did not name the counties but rather designated the boundaries of five numbered sections and provided for the survey of each section into land districts and lots. Naming of the counties did not occur until Gov. Troup signed an act of Dec. 11, 1826. However, if the date of the 1825 act establishing its boundaries is considered the date of Carroll County’s creation, it is Georgia’s 65th county.

The five counties were created from land ceded by the Treaty of Indian Springs on Feb. 12, 1825 by a group of Creeks led by William McIntosh. McIntosh had signed away all Creek lands in Georgia (except for four reserves) without approval of other Creek factions, an action which led to his assassination. On Jan. 24, 1826, the Creeks signed a new agreement—the Treaty of Washington—in which they again ceded the lands in question but declared void the Treaty of Indian Springs. A Supplementary Article, signed on Mar. 31, 1826, corrected some errors in the treaty, resulting in an additional cession of land that only affected what would become Carroll County.

Later, the legislature used portions of Carroll County to create the following counties: Campbell (1828), Heard (1830), Haralson (1856), and Douglas (1870).

Carroll County was named for Charles Carroll of Maryland, who at the time was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. Originally, the county was larger than it is today.

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Historical Population
YearPopulation
2010 110,527
2000 87,268
1990 71,422
1980 56,346
1970 45,404
1960 36,451
1950 34,112
1940 34,156
1930 34,272
1920 34,752
1910 30,855
1900 26,576
1890 22,301
1880 16,901
1870 11,782
1860 11,991
1850 9,357
1840 5,252
1830 3,419