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Stephens County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built2000
Architecture Style
Seat InformationThe legislation creating Stephens County designated Toccoa as county seat. Toccoa began as a settlement named Dry Pond.In the early 1870s, it became a railway station for the Air-Line Railroad between Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. In 1874, the superior court of Habersham County incorporated Toccoa. On Feb. 26, 1875, the General Assembly confirmed Toccoa's incorporation (Ga. Laws 1875, p. 189). Toccoa was named for nearby Toccoa Falls, which may derive from a Cherokee word for "beautiful."
Courthouse DetailsStephens County's first courthouse was completed in 1908. That structure is still in use, but a new courthouse across the street from the original opened in May 2000.
County Data
Population 200025,435
Population Growth2.9
County SeatToccoa
County Area184.2 Square Miles
Location MapStephens County Location Map

Stephens County was created from Habersham and Franklin counties on Aug. 18, 1905, by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1905, p. 58).

Georgia’s 143rd county was named for one of Georgia’s most famous politicans, Alexander Stephens.

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Legal OrganThe Toccoa Record
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Historical Population
2010 26,175
2000 25,435
1990 23,257
1980 21,763
1970 20,331
1960 18,391
1950 16,647
1940 12,972
1930 11,740
1920 11,215
1910 9,728