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Pike County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built1895
Architecture StyleRomanesque Revival/Colonial Revival
DesignerGolucke & Stewart
Seat InformationThe legislation creating Pike County made no provision for selecting a county seat. An act of Dec. 23, 1822 designated the county's inferior court as a commission to select a county seat, "which shall be as near the centre of the county as convenience will admit" (Ga. Laws 1822, p. 23). Initially, the legislation directed that Pike County courts and elections be held in land lot 109 in the 8th district. Subsequently, the inferior court purchased land lot 202 in the 8th district to serve as county seat. In an act of Dec. 26, 1823, the legislature confirmed this action and named and incorporated the site as the town of Newnan (Ga. Laws 1823, p. 186). An act of Dec. 20, 1824 continued to recognize Newnan as county seat -- but authorized the inferior court to move the county seat to a site near the center of the county (Ga. Laws 1824, p. 45). On Nov. 25, 1825, the legislature designated Zebulon as county seat and on Dec. 24 authorized compensation for Newnan landowners whose property values would suffer because of removal of the county seat (Ga. Laws 1825, p. 146). Soon afterwards, the town of Newnan died. At some later point, the Zebulon city government became inactive. By 1849, Zebulon residents were concerned that the town had lost its incorporated status, so in an act of Jan.17, 1850, the legislature confirmed Zebulon as a municipal corporation (Ga. Laws 1849-50, p. 101).
Courthouse DetailsPike County's first courthouse was a simple wooden structure built in Newnan. After Zebulon was designated county seat in 1825, a brick courthouse was erected on the public square. The structure was replaced by the present courthouse in 1895.
County Data
Population 200013,688
Population Growth30.7
County SeatZebulon
County Area219.5 Square Miles
Location MapPike County Location Map

Pike County was created on Dec. 9, 1822 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1822, p. 21). The county was organized by acts of Dec. 23, 1822 (Ga. Laws 1822, p. 23) and Dec. 20, 1824 (Ga. Laws 1824, p. 45). Later, parts of Pike County were used to help create the following counties: Upson (1824), Spalding (1851), and Lamar (1920).

Georgia’s 56th county was created from Monroe County and named for Gen. Zebulon Pike (1779-1813), noted Western explorer who was killed during the War of 1812.

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Legal OrganPike County Journal-Reporter
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Historical Population
2010 17,869
2000 13,688
1990 10,224
1980 8,937
1970 7,316
1960 7,138
1950 8,459
1940 10,375
1930 10,853
1920 21,212
1910 19,495
1900 18,761
1890 16,300
1880 15,849
1870 10,905
1860 10,078
1850 14,306
1840 9,176
1830 6,149