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County Formed December 20, 1851
County Seat Griffin
Incorporated Cities Griffin, Orchard Hill and Sunny Side
Total Area 199.55148 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 58483 to its current population estimate of 63988, the county has experienced a growth change of 5505.

Spalding County was created in 1851 from parts of Fayette, Henry, and Pike counties and was named for Thomas Spalding, an influential statesman and planter from coastal Georgia.

The county seat is Griffin, where the current county courthouse was built in 1985. Griffin was incorporated in 1843, when it was located in Pike County. Known as Pleasant Grove until 1841, the town was first settled in the mid-1820s.

Points of Interest

The Stonewall Confederate Cemetery and Memorial Park in Griffin was created by women who collected and buried the remains of the fallen after the battles of Atlanta and Jonesboro. It has since been dedicated to the dead of other American wars, as well as

Among the interesting sites in the county is the Orr-Williamson-Gaissert Homeplace (also known as the Old Gaissert Homeplace, the Williamson Place, or the Mary Brook Farm), northeast of Williamson. The site won a 2002 Georgia Centennial Farm Award, which honors families and farms for preserving their historic properties.

Oak Hill Cemetery, part of Griffin's original city plan, is the burial site of many historical figures associated with Spalding County.

Notable Citizens

Among famous people from Spalding County include Doc Holliday, who was born in Griffin; Wyomia Tyus, Olympic track & field gold medalist in 1964 and 1968; Tapley Bennet, Jr., an Ambassador to the United Nations; and a variety of professional athletes: Jessie Tuggle and Alton Montgomery of the Atlanta Falcons, Willie Gault of the Los Angeles (now Oakland) Raiders, and Randy Baldwin of the Carolina Panthers.

Higher Education

Spalding County is home to Southern Crescent Technical College and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Griffin Campus.

Annual Events

Festival of Lights - November

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Downtown Griffin

Pecan orchard

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