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County Formed February 25, 1856
County Seat Nashville
Incorporated Cities Alapaha, Enigma, Nashville and Ray City
Total Area 457.881901 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 16279 to its current population estimate of 18700, the county has experienced a growth change of 2421.

Berrien County was formed in 1856 and was named for John Macpherson Berrien, a Savannah lawyer who served as a judge, state senator, a U.S. senator, and the U.S. Attorney General.

Informally, Berrien calls itself the "Bell Pepper Capital of the World," and the economy of the county is primarily agricultural, concentrating on tobacco, corn, soybeans, peanuts, cotton, vegetables, hogs, beef, and forest products.

One of Georgia's first post roads opened in Berrien County in 1823 to enable residents to send their crops to Florida.

Points of Interest

The Berrien County Courthouse is located in Nashville, the county seat. Built in 1898 and still in use today, the courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Old Berrien County Jail in Nashville is one of four buildings in the county that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other sites in the county included on the National Register of Historic Places, are the William G. Harrison/Eulalie Taylor House in Nashville, and the Alapaha Colored School in Alapaha.

There are several animals on the Federal Endangered Species list found in Berrien County. These include the Peregrine Falcon, the Southern Bald Eagle, and the Florida Panther.

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Old Depot now used as city hall, Alapaha

Berrien County Chamber of Commerce

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