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Brooks County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built1859-1864, extensively remodeled 1892
Architecture StyleRenaissance Revival/Romanesque Revival
DesignerJohn Wind (1859) and Bruce & Morgan (1892)
Seat InformationQuitman. The act creating Brooks County directed the judges of the inferior court to select a site within four miles of the center of the new county for erection of public buildings. The act further directed that the new county seat be named Quitman. The name honored Gen. John Quitman, former governor of Mississippi, American hero in the Mexican War, and Mississippi congressman at the time of his death in July 1858. Inferior court judges picked a site on the railroad connecting southwestern Georgia with Savannah. Quitman was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly approved Dec. 19, 1859.
Courthouse DetailsIn Jan. 1859, a month after the creation of Brooks County, the home of Thomas Folsom in Quitman was used as the county's first court room. Subsequently, a temporary courthouse was built. Later in 1859, work began on a permanent courthouse. With the outbreak of the Civil War, work preceded slowly, especially after the contractor died in 1862. The courthouse was not finished until 1864. In 1892, the courthouse underwent extensive renovation.
County Data
Population 200016,450
Population Growth-1.3
County SeatQuitman
County Area497.8 Square Miles
Location MapBrooks County Location Map

Brooks County was created by an act of the General Assembly approved on Dec. 11, 1858 (Ga. Laws 1858, p. 353). Created from portions of Lowndes and Thomas counties, Georgia’s 131st county was named for South Carolina congressman Preston Brooks, an ardent supporter of states’ rights.

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Historical Population
2010 16,243
2000 16,450
1990 15,398
1980 15,255
1970 13,743
1960 15,292
1950 18,169
1940 20,497
1930 21,330
1920 24,538
1910 23,832
1900 18,606
1890 13,979
1880 11,727
1870 8,342
1860 6,356