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County Formed December 10, 1807
County Seat Monticello
Incorporated Cities Monticello and Shady Dale
Total Area 373.408649 square miles

History

From its county population in 2000 of 11502 to its current population estimate of 13432, the county has experienced a growth change of 1930.

Although originally residents meant to honor John Randolph of Virginia with the county's naming, members of the Georgia General Assembly disagreed with Randolph's stand on national issues in 1812 and so voted to name the county for a Revolutionary War hero, Sergeant William Jasper, a soldier who had died while trying to retrieve a flag during the siege of Savannah.

Monticello, Jasper's county seat, pays tribute to Thomas Jefferson, using the name of his home.

Points of Interest

Lloyd Shoals Dam, also called Jackson Lake, which covers 4,750 acres, with 135 miles of shoreline. The lake was formed when the Central Georgia Power Company (later, Georgia Power Company) created a dam and hydroelectric plant at Lloyd Shoals on the Ocmul

The award-winning country music singer Trisha Yearwood was born in Monticello. In 2005 she released the album Jasper County, named for her home county

Notable Citizens

Benjamin Harvey Hill was both a U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator. He also served in the Confederate Senate and was a staunch supporter of Jefferson Davis.

Trisha Yearwood, the multi-Plantinum and multi-Grammy-winning recording star, is a native of Monticello.

Annual Events

Annual Deer Festival

County http://www.jaspercountyga.org
Chamber of Commerce http://www.jaspercountycoc.com/
Additional County Info http://www.georgiaplanning.com/CountyPortal/countyportal.asp?FIPS=13159
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State of Georgia



Jasper County Courthouse, Monticello


Seven Islands Trails


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