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County Formed August 18, 1905
County Seat Lyons
Incorporated Cities Lyons, Santa Claus and Vidalia
Total Area 371.193393 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 26126 to its current population estimate of 27282, the county has experienced a growth change of 1156.

Toombs County was created in 1905 from Emanuel, Montgomery, and Tattnall counties. It was named for Robert Toombs, a former U.S. congressman and senator who went on to serve the Confederacy as secretary of state and brigadier general.

Lyons, the county seat, was incorporated in 1897. It was named in honor of the man who convinced the Seaboard Air Line Railway to build tracks through the town.

Tobacco was a large part of the county's early economy, but for decades the county's most famous crop has been the sweet Vidalia onion, which gave Vidalia the nickname "Sweet Onion Capital of the World." The onion is sold all over the United States and attracts tourists to Toombs County for the annual Vidalia Onion Festival.

Points of Interest

Toombs County boasts several buildings and areas listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Altama Museum of Art and History in Vidalia, housed in the Brazell House, holds several noteworthy permanent collections, including a large collection

The John E. Ladson Genealogical and Historical Library, established in the 1940s by its namesake, is now housed and maintained by the Ohoopee Regional Library System in Vidalia.

Annual Events

The annual Vidalia Onion Festival.

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Robert Toombs Home, Washington

Toombs County Courthouse, Washington

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