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Ware County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built1957
Architecture StyleModern with elements of Stripped Classical
DesignerWilliam J.J. Chase & Associates
Seat InformationWaycross [first settled around 1820; became a railroad stop known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine"; then known as Pendleton; renamed as Tebeauville in 1857; incorporated as Tebeauville in 1866; designated county seat in 1873; and incorporated as "Way Cross" (because it was the intersection of three railroads plus several dirt roads) March 3, 1874]. Previous county seat: Waresborough [designated county seat 1824; incorporated 1858; replaced as county seat 1873].
Courthouse DetailsWare County's first courthouse was a log building at Waresborough (1825), the original county seat. A larger wooden building was erected and served as courthouse until the county seat moved to Waycross in 1873, where a small wooden structure was built. This building soon burned, and the older courthouse at Waresborough was taken apart and reconstructed in Waycross. A two-story brick courthouse with tower was built in 1891. This served as Ware County courthouse until the current building -- constructed of Georgia marble -- was completed in 1957.
County Data
Population 200035,483
Population Growth2.3
County SeatWaycross
County Area906.6 Square Miles
Location MapWare County Location Map

Ware County was established on Dec. 15, 1824 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1824, p. 44). Created from portions of Appling County, Georgia’s 60th county was named for U.S. Sen. Nicholas Ware.

Portions of Ware County were used to create the following counties: Clinch (1850), Coffee (1854), Pierce (1857), and Bacon (1914).

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Historical Population
2010 36,312
2000 35,483
1990 35,471
1980 37,180
1970 33,525
1960 34,219
1950 30,289
1940 27,929
1930 26,558
1920 28,361
1910 22,957
1900 13,761
1890 8,811
1880 4,159
1870 2,286
1860 2,200
1850 3,888
1840 2,323
1830 1,205