City of Irwinton
|Incorporated||December 4, 1816|
|Address||109 E. Main Street
Irwinton, Georgia 31042
Irwinton, the county seat of Wilkinson County, was incorporated December 4, 1816. Although the city is named for Georgia governor Jared Irwin, Irwinton was originally known as Bethel, then later as High Hill Fraction.
The county courthouse is said to be on the grounds of an early Indian trading post. During the Civil War, Irwinton was one of the cities Sherman destroyed and burned, including the county courthouse. The present courthouse dates back to 1924.
The city is situated in the middle of the county with neighboring cities Toomsboro, Gordon and McIntyre. Irwinton is located off Ga. 57 in the central region of the state commonly referred to as the Magnolia Midlands.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Irwinton had a population of 587 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population decrease of -8.4%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.