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County Formed August 17, 1905
County Seat Cordele
Incorporated Cities Arabi and Cordele
Total Area 280.905387 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 21988 to its current population estimate of 22934, the county has experienced a growth change of 946.

The county was named in honor of statesman Charles Crisp, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1891 to 1894, and Cordele was selected as the county seat.

In November 1864, during the Civil War (1861-65), Joseph E. Brown, the Georgia governor, fled to his farmhouse near Cordele to avoid Union general William T. Sherman's troops, and for a few days Cordele served as the temporary capital of Confederate Georgia.

Points of Interest

The Lake Blackshear Hydroelectric Power Dam is the first county-owned, constructed, and operated hydroelectric power project in the United States.

A short line of the old Savannah, Americus, and Montgomery (SAM) Railroad has been refurbished within Georgia Veterans State Park, which runs the SAM Shortline Excursion Train regularly to Americus and Plains.

Annual Events

Because of the large number of watermelons produced in the county, Cordele has styled itself the "Watermelon Capital of the World" and holds an annual Watermelon Days

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Crisp is nicknamed The Watermelon Capital

Lake Blackshear

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