Atkinson County


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On Aug. 15, 1917, the General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create Atkinson County from the southern half of Coffee County and a small portion along the northern border of Clinch County (Ga. Laws 1917, p. 41) [Click here to view 1885 map showing future location of Atkinson County.] According to the constitutional amendment, the boundaries of Atkinson County were specified as:

Beginning at the point where the southern boundary line of lot of land No. 334, in the fifth land district of Coffee County, intersects the middle of the run of Willacoochee Creek, then follow said land line directly east to the southeast corner of lot of land No. 15, in the sixth land district of Coffee County; thence south along the eastern boundary of lot of land No. 16, in the sixth land district of Coffee County to the southwest corner of said lot of land; thence along the land line directly east to where it intersects the middle of the run of the Satilla River; thence, in a southeasterly direction along the run of the said Satilla River to where the same intersects the northern boundary of lot of land No. 250, in the sixth (6) land district, thence directly east along said line to where it intersects the Ware County line; thence in a southerly direction along the Ware County line to the southeast corner of lot of land No. 234, in the seventh land district of Clinch County; thence directly westward along the land line of said lot of land No. 234 on the south, to where it intersects the middle of the run of Alapaha River; thence in a northerly direction along the middle of the run of the Alapaha River to the mouth of Willacoochee Creek; thence along the middle of the run of Willacoochee Creek to point of beginning.

Georgia voters ratified the constitutional amendment in the Nov. 5, 1918 general election, which is considered the date of the county's creation (although a state historical marker on the Atkinson County courthouse grounds incorrectly cites the 1917 act proposing the constitutional amendment as the date of the county's creation). Georgia's 153rd county was named for former governor William Y. Atkinson (who served 1894-1898).

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