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Bryan County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built1938
Architecture StyleNeoclassical Revival
DesignerWalter P. Marshall
Seat InformationThe colonial town of Hardwick, laid out in 1755, served as the initial county seat. In 1797, the General Assembly designated that court be held at a settlement at a settlement two miles from the Ogeechee River known as Cross Roads. In 1854, a wooden courthouse was built here -- a site frequently identified simply as Bryan Courthouse. Later, Eden became county seat, and in 1901 the county seat was moved to Clyde, where a two-story wooden courthouse was built. Clyde remained county seat until the U.S. Army initiated plans for an anti-artillery training center. Because Cross Roads lay in the area needed by the Army for what would become Camp [and later Fort] Stewart, the Georgia General Assembly designated the town of Pembroke as Bryan's new county seat in 1937. Pembroke, a railroad settlement, incorporated by the legislature on Aug. 23, 1905, was named for Pembroke Williams.
Courthouse DetailsAn annex of similar architectural style was built at the rear of the courthouse in 1969.
County Data
Population 200023,417
Population Growth29.1
County SeatPembroke
County Area454.5 Square Miles
Location MapBryan County Location Map

Bryan was one of five counties created by an act of the General Assembly approved on Dec. 19, 1793 [and in terms of order listed in the act was Georgia’s 19th county]. Created from portions of Chatham County, it was named for Jonathan Bryan (1708-1788). Born in South Carolina, Bryan had close ties to Georgia from the arrival of the first colonists in 1733. He became noted for his support of colonists’ rights in Georgia, and during the Revolution Bryan was captured and imprisoned by the British.

In 1794, a portion of Effingham County was transferred to Bryan County. A portion of Bryan County was used to create Bulloch County in 1796. Also, a portion of Bryan County was transferred to Chatham County in 1847.

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Historical Population
2010 30,233
2000 23,417
1990 15,438
1980 10,175
1970 6,539
1960 6,226
1950 5,965
1940 6,288
1930 5,952
1920 6,343
1910 6,702
1900 6,122
1890 5,520
1880 4,929
1870 5,252
1860 4,015
1850 3,424
1840 3,182
1830 3,139
1820 3,021
1810 2,827
1800 2,836