Local County Information
Greene County, GA
Greene County, the 11th county designated, dates to 1786. Both the county and its seat of government, Greensboro (despite the different spelling), honor Nathaniel Greene who ranked next to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. A native of Rhode Island, Greene accepted a gift of Georgia land at the close of the war. He took up residence in the state only several years later, though, and lived here for just one year before he died of sunstroke.
Incorporated on February 3, 1786, today the county encompasses a population of 16,031 and 406 square miles.
Morgan County, GA
Morgan County, an original land lot county, lies in central Georgia and stretches across land known for its dairying and timber production. Designated in 1807, the county remembers General Daniel Morgan who served with Benedict Arnold’s expedition to Quebec in 1775, commanded riflemen at Saratoga in 1777, and defeated the British at Cowpens in 1781. Madison, the county seat, is named for James Madison, the fourth U.S. president.
In 1861, Congressman Joshua Hill of Madison defied his Southern peers by declining to vote for secession. Unpopular as Hill’s decision was, it persuaded General William Tecumsah Sherman to spare Madison during his destructive March to the Sea.
Putnam County, GA
Putnam County, created on December 10, 1807, remembers General Israel Putnam of Connecticut who first distinguished himself while fighting with the British in Pontiac’s War. Later, Putnam, along with other commanders, led the Revolutionary fighters at the Battle of Breeds Hill near Boston; the engagement was misnamed the Battle of Bunker Hill. The town of Eatonton, the county seat, is named for Commander William Eaton, naval agent to the Barbary states during the 1805 war with Tripoli.
Incorporated on December 10, 1807, the county today has a population of 20,385 and includes 345 square miles of lake and land