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County Formed December 15, 1824
County Seat Waycross
Incorporated Cities Waycross
Total Area 908.428949 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 35453 to its current population estimate of 35515, the county has experienced a growth change of 62.

Ware County, in extreme southeast Georgia, was formed when Appling County was divided by the state legislature on December 15, 1824. It was named for a man who never visited the area, Nicholas Ware, an active politician known for his flamboyant lifestyle.

The defining of county lines did not stop conflict with the Native Americans, who resented the crossing of old borders, regardless of any treaties. The Wildes Massacre, the last slaughter by the Indians in Georgia, occurred in Ware County in 1838, during the Second Seminole War. Nine people were killed by a group of Creek warriors, who escaped into the vast Okefenokee Swamp.

Points of Interest

Historic Downtown Waycross; Okefenokee Swamp Park ;Obediah's Okefenok; Okefenokee Heritage Center; Southern Forest World

Laura S. Walker State Park-This is one of the few state parks named after a woman

Higher Education

Waycross College

Annual Events

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in January, the Swamp Fest held in April, the Fourth of July Celebration, and the Fall Festival in October, are all major events.

The Oak Street Festival and the Okefenokee Agricultural Fair are two other annual events held in November.

Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Train Depot, Waycross

Okefenokee Swamp Park

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