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Greene County

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Date Built1848-49
Architecture StyleGreek Revival
DesignerDavid Demarest
Seat InformationGreensboro [originally spelled Greensborough and named for Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene]. Settled in 1780s, designated county seat by the General Assembly in 1787, desginated permanent county seat in 1802, incorporated Dec. 10, 1803.
Courthouse DetailsGreene County's first courthouse--a wooden structure--burned during an Indian attack on Greensboro in 1787. It is not known what served as courthouse for the next 60 years, but construction of a new brick courthouse for the county was completed in 1849. Built by Atharates Atkinson, this probably is Georgia's best known example of Greek Revival architectural style. At the time of its construction, the top floor was reserved for use as a Masonic Lodge, a function still served today. In 1938, the courthouse was remodeled.
County Data
Population 200014,406
Population Growth11.0
County SeatGreensboro
County Area406.3 Square Miles
Location MapGreene County Location Map

Greene County was created from Washington County on Feb. 3, 1786 by an act of the General Assembly (Marbury and Crawford’s Digest, p. 162). Georgia’s 11th county was named for Revolutionary War hero Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene. A few months earlier, Greene and wife Catharine had taken residence near Savannah at the Mulberry Plantation, which was a gift from the Georgia legislature in appreciation for his victorious campaign against British forces in the southern theater of war. Unfortunately, on June 19, 1786, General Greene died from overexposure to the Georgia sun.

Portions of Greene County were used to help create Taliaferro County in 1825. Additionally, areas of Greene County were transferred to Oglethorpe, Clark and Taliaferro counties between 1794 and 1877.

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Historical Population
2010 15,994
2000 14,406
1990 11,793
1980 11,391
1970 10,212
1960 11,193
1950 12,843
1940 13,709
1930 12,616
1920 18,972
1910 18,512
1900 16,542
1890 17,051
1880 17,547
1870 12,454
1860 12,652
1850 13,068
1840 11,690
1830 12,549
1820 13,589
1810 11,679
1800 10,761
1790 5,405