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Tattnall County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built1902
Architecture StyleSecond Empire influence
DesignerJ.W. Golucke
Seat InformationReidsville [named for Augusta superior court judge Robert Reid; designated county seat in 1832; incorporated Dec. 31, 1838].
Courthouse DetailsWhen created in 1801, Tattnall County had no towns, so the legislature provided that county business be conducted at the home of Zacharia Cox, whose home was located on the western boundary of the new county. In 1828, the General Assembly appointed a committee to select a central site in the county for location of a courthouse. In 1832, a U.S. post office opened in the small Tattnall community of Reidsville, and that year the legislature designated the community as county seat. The third building used as a courthouse was built in 1857. The current courthouse was built in 1902. It was remodeled in 1915 and again in the 1960s, at which time the tower and mansard roof were removed. The courthouse was renovated again in 1991.
County Data
Population 200022,305
Population Growth14.4
County SeatReidsville
County Area488.3 Square Miles
Location MapTattnall County Location Map

Tattnall County was created from Montgomery County on Dec. 5, 1801 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1801, p. 88). Later, parts of Tattnall County were used to help create Toombs County (1905) and Candler and Evans counties (1914).

Georgia’s 25th county was named for Josiah Tattnall, Jr., who played a prominent role in repealing the infamous Yazoo Act. In 1796, the General Assembly elected Tattnall to fill the term of U.S. senator James Jackson. At the end of that term in 1799, Tattnall returned to private life. However, on Nov. 7, 1801, the General Assembly elected him governor and immediately named a new county after him.

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Historical Population
2010 25,520
2000 22,305
1990 17,722
1980 18,134
1970 16,557
1960 15,837
1950 15,939
1940 16,243
1930 15,411
1920 14,502
1910 18,569
1900 20,419
1890 10,253
1880 6,988
1870 4,860
1860 4,352
1850 3,227
1840 2,724
1830 2,040
1820 2,644
1810 2,206