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County Formed February 9, 1854
County Seat Douglas
Incorporated Cities Ambrose, Broxton, Douglas and Nicholls
Total Area 602.764557 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 37580 to its current population estimate of 42811, the county has experienced a growth change of 5231.

The county is named in honor of John E. Coffee, an influential Telfair County planter and politician who served in both houses of the Georgia state legislature, as well as in the U.S. Congress.

In 1858 Douglas was established as the county seat. It was named after U.S. senator Stephen Arnold Douglas of Illinois, who became popular because of his rivalry with Abraham Lincoln for the U.S. presidency.

Coffee County is still mostly rural. Most of the residents in and around the county's larger towns—Broxton, Ambrose, and Nicholls—are involved in agriculture. The tobacco market is still one of the strongest in the state.

Points of Interest

Located five miles east of Douglas is the General Coffee State Park, which showcases the county's pioneer heritage and natural environment

Broxton Rocks Ecological Preserve, in Coffee County, is a unique sandstone outcrop that extends nearly four miles. The preserve is home to more than 500 species of plants native to the area, including rare and endangered species.

The four-acre lake at General Coffee State Park is used by many for fishing or canoeing. Swimming in the lake is not permitted, as alligators have made the lake their home.

Higher Education

South Georgia College, the state's first publicly supported junior college.

Annual Events

The City of Douglas in Coffee County hosts an annual Bikes, Blues, & BBQ Festival.

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Ashley-Slater House, Douglas

Historic Station Museum, Douglas

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