|Designer||Henry M. Whitehead, Jr.|
|Seat Information||The act creating Towns County called for county elections on the first Monday in April 1856. After that election, the justices of the county's new inferior court were authorized to select a site for the county seat, purchase land, lay the site off into town lots, sell the lots, and make all arrangements for the county seat and public buildings as necessary. It is not clear when the inferior court selected a county seat, though the first courthouse reportedly was built in Hiawasee in 1857. The exact date the inferior court selected Hiawassee as county seat is not known. The General Assembly incorporated Hiawassee as a town on Oct. 24, 1870 (Ga. Laws 1870, p. 204).|
|Courthouse Details||Towns County's first courthouse reportedly was built in the Hiawassee town square in 1857. The building served until 1905, when a new courthouse was completed. The present courthouse was erected in 1964.|
|County Area||171.9 Square Miles|
Towns County was created Rabun and Union counties on March 6, 1856, by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1855-56, p. 121). According to that act, Towns County’s original boundaries were specified as:
Beginning at the North Carolina line at the north-west corner of Rabun county, and thence running east with said line to the north-east corner of lot of land number ninety-four in the first district of Rabun county, thence running south to the south-east corner of lot number sixty-seven in the said first district, thence running a straight line to the south-east corner of lot of land number one hundred and seventy-two in the eighteenth district and first section of Union county, thence along the top of the Blue Ridge south-westerly to the corner of Habersham county, thence along the top of said Blue Ridge to the main Ridge that divides the waters of Notley and Hiwassee rivers, thence along the top of said Ridge, westerly, to the Brass town, Bald mountain, thence in the same direction to the Double Knobbs, thence to the highest point of a Ridge on lot number one hundred and ninety-one, (191) in the seventeenth district and first section, thence a straight line to the Gap of the Mountain at the head of Langham’s Creek, thence with the main leading Ridge in a north-western direction to the highest peak of the mountain, at the head of Gum Log Creek, thence down said Gum Log Creek to the North Carolina line, thence along the dividing line between North Carolina and Georgia to the beginning point.
Georgia’s 118th county was named for Gov. George Washington Towns (1801-1854), who had died two years earlier.
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|Legal Organ||Towns County Herald|
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