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County Formed December 23, 1830
County Seat Lumpkin
Incorporated Cities Lumpkin and Richland
Total Area 463.566549 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 5246 to its current population estimate of 5744, the county has experienced a growth change of 498.

Stewart County, created in 1830, was named for Daniel Stewart, an Indian fighter, and the great-grandfather of U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt.

Stewart County's citizens realized that a new industry needed to be developed. A group formed in 1965 to restore a derelict stagecoach hotel, and the restoration of the 1836 Bedingfield Inn, on Lumpkin's courthouse square, became the first small-town community preservation project in Georgia. The citizens hoped to attract tourists to the county, marking the beginning of heritage tourism in rural Georgia.

Lumpkin, the county seat, offers a stagecoach-trail driving tour of antebellum homes. Built in 1895 and rebuilt in 1923 by architect T. F. Lockwood after a fire, the county courthouse presides over the town square and business district. The Bedingfield Inn is the only remaining wooden structure on the square.

Lumpkin was named for Wilson Lumpkin, a two-term governor of Georgia, U.S. Congressman and Senator. He was a leading advocate of state rights and "Indian Removal."

Points of Interest

Westville is a simulated village of 1850, comprising actual historic buildings of Georgia.

Providence Canyon in southwest Georgia created by the erosion of soft, multicolored soils. Often called "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon," is identified by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as one of the state's "Seven Wonders".

Florence Marina State Park subsequently opened in 1986. The park provides a gateway to the Chattahoochee River and its many recreational possibilities.

Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Stewart County Courthouse, Lumpkin

Bedingfield Inn, Lumpkin

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