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County Formed December 19, 1793
County Seat Darien
Incorporated Cities Darien
Total Area 574.777226 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 10906 to its current population estimate of 14214, the county has experienced a growth change of 3308.

McIntosh County, on the Georgia coast, was created from Liberty County by an act of the state legislature in 1793. The county was named for the McIntosh family, who were among the earliest Scottish Highlanders to settle the area three years after the founding of the Georgia colony.

Darien was incorporated and made the seat of McIntosh County in 1816, during a period when the area began to prosper as a primary outlet for the shipment of upland-grown cotton conveyed to the port down the Altamaha River.

During the antebellum period rice and Sea Island cotton plantations made McIntosh County one of the wealthiest sections of the south Atlantic coast. Rice shipments from the local Altamaha delta exceeded 6 million pounds in 1859, the peak year for exports.

Points of Interest

Sapelo Island is the fourth largest island in the chain of coastal Georgia islands.

There is also the Old City Jail Art Center, which is an old jailhouse that was turned into an art exhibition.

Annual Events

The Blessing of the Fleet Festival in an annual event in Darien that celebrates shrimping vessels with food, live music, and much more.

Historic Downtown Darien hosts and annual Darien Fall Fest and Car Show.

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Sunrise at Fort King George

Altamaha River

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