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Heard County



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LocationFranklin
Date Built1964
Architecture StyleModern
DesignerTomberlin-Sheetz
Seat InformationThe act creating Heard County authorized the justices of the county's new inferior court to select the site of the county seat. On Dec. 26, 1831, the General Assembly designated land lot 382 in the third district as the county seat of Heard County. The same legislation named the county seat Franklin (for Benjamin Franklin) and incorporated it as a town (Ga. Laws 1831, p. 83).
Courthouse DetailsIt is unclear when Heard County's first courthouse was built, but it burned in 1893. A second courthouse was constructed the following year, and this structure served until the current courthouse was built in 1964.
County Data
Population11,834
Population 200011,012
Population Growth7.5
County SeatFranklin
County Area301.1 Square Miles
Location MapHeard County Location Map
History

Heard County was created on Dec. 22, 1830 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1830, p. 48). Formed from Carroll, Coweta, and Troup counties, Heard County’s original boundaries were defined as:

  . . . all that territory lying within the following bounds, viz: commencing on the Chattahoochee river, at the corner of fraction number one hundred and sixty-one, and one hundred sixty three, in the fourth district of Carroll county; thence west, a straight line to the Alabama line, thence along said line, to the north west corner of lot number one hundred and sixty, in the fifteenth district, formerly Carroll now Troup county; thence a straight line to the corner of fraction, number forty eight, on the river, in the fourteenth district of formerly Carroll now Troup county; thence up said river, to the mouth of Potatoe creek, in the twelfth district of Troup county; thence a straight line to the south east corner of lot number one hundred and twenty, in the third district of Coweta county; thence a straight line to the north west corner, of fraction number one hundred and seventy-six, in the fourth district of Coweta, on the Chattahoochee river; thence a straight line to the beginning corner . . . .

Georgia’s 77th county was named for Stephen Heard (1740-1815), a hero of the American Revolution who served as president of Georgia’s Executive Council (an early state government office analogous to governor).

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Historical Population
YearPopulation
2010 11,834
2000 11,012
1990 8,628
1980 6,520
1970 5,354
1960 5,333
1950 6,975
1940 8,610
1930 9,102
1920 11,126
1910 11,189
1900 11,177
1890 9,557
1880 8,769
1870 7,866
1860 7,805
1850 6,923
1840 5,329