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County Formed December 10, 1807
County Seat Madison
Incorporated Cities Bostwick, Buckhead, Madison and Rutledge
Total Area 354.584637 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 15512 to its current population estimate of 17956, the county has experienced a growth change of 2444.

Morgan County, in central Georgia, was created from Baldwin County by an act of the state legislature in 1807. It was named in honor of Revolutionary War (1775-83) general Daniel Morgan. In 1809 the town of Madison was incorporated and named the county seat.

Before the Civil War (1861-65) two colleges for women were founded in Madison: Georgia Female College, incorporated in 1849 as the Madison Collegiate Institute, and Madison Female College, established in 1850. These colleges, which no longer exist, along with private academies, placed Morgan County among the educational centers of Georgia at that time. The early 1870s marked the beginning of public school education in the county and the decline of private academies.

The coming of Interstate Highway 20 through the county in the early 1970s accelerated the growth of industry and tourism in the area. Lake Oconee, a Georgia Power Company facility, also has been a significant catalyst for growth in the county. The county's economy is becoming more diverse: cotton farming is making a comeback, dairying is still going strong, timber production continues, and tourism is booming. One of the largest employers is Georgia-Pacific.

Points of Interest

The Morgan County courthouse is located in downtown Madison. The Neoclassical Revival structure was built in 1905.

Notable Citizens

Among the notable people who hail from Morgan County are William Tappan Thompson, a journalist and author who founded and edited Thr Savannah Morning News , and Lancelot Johnson, who first developed the process of pressing oil out of cottonseed

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State of Georgia

Morgan County African-American Museum

City of Madison Historic District

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