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Franklin County



Courthouse
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Source: David Seibert

LocationCarnesville
Date Built1906
Architecture StyleNeoclassical Revival
DesignerW. Chamberlain
Seat Information
Courthouse Details
County Data
Population22,084
Population 200020,285
Population Growth8.9
County SeatCarnesville
County Area266.4 Square Miles
Location MapFranklin County Location Map
History

Franklin and Washington counties were created on Feb. 25, 1784 by an act of the General Assembly (Mar. & Cr., p. 330). They were the first new counties established in Georgia after the Revolutionary War and were fashioned from lands ceded by the Cherokees and Creeks in the Treaties of Augusta in 1783.

Named for Benjamin Franklin, Georgia’s 9th county consisted of all ceded lands north of Cherokee Corner on the eastern tip of today’s Clarke County—an area that includes all of today’s Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee, and Stephens counties, plus portions of Habersham, Hart, Hall, Gwinnett, and Madison counties. Though the Georgia Land Office began granting headright and bounty land grants in the new county, it was several years before the county had enough inhabitants to organize a county government.

Created entirely from Franklin County were Jackson County (1796) and Habersham County (1818). Additionally, portions of Franklin County were used to help create the following counties: Madison (1811), Hart (1853), Banks (1858), and Stephens (1905).

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Legal OrganFranklin County Citizen Leader
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Historical Population
YearPopulation
2010 22,084
2000 20,285
1990 16,650
1980 15,185
1970 12,784
1960 13,274
1950 14,446
1940 15,612
1930 15,902
1920 19,957
1910 17,894
1900 17,700
1890 14,670
1880 11,453
1870 7,893
1860 7,393
1850 11,513
1840 9,886
1830 10,107
1820 9,040
1810 10,815
1800 6,859
1790 1,041