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County Formed December 10, 1858
County Seat Georgetown
Incorporated Cities Georgetown
Total Area 160.558744 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 2606 to its current population estimate of 2315, the county has experienced a growth change of -291.

Quitman County, in southwest Georgia, was established by an act of the state legislature in 1858. It became Georgia's 128th county and was named for General John A. Quitman within five months of his death. Quitman never lived in Georgia, but as the governor of Mississippi in the mid-1800s, he spoke persuasively in defense of states' rights and was instrumental in shaping Georgia's decision to secede from the Union. The legislature acknowledged his popularity and named the new county in his honor.

The Cotton Exchange functioned as the sole mercantile facility for both the county and city, but around 1920 its owner absconded with an entire cotton crop and all of the cash on hand. He was later apprehended and prosecuted, but his crimes caused Georgetown to be without banking services for nearly eighty years. By 1970 the county population had dwindled to 2,180 persons, but by 2000 it had grown slowly to 2,598. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population decreased slightly to 2,513.

In 2006, citizens of Georgetown and Quitman County voted to become a consolidated government becoming the State's fifth consolidated government.

Points of Interest

Lake Walter F. George, created from the Chattahoochee River in 1967 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, offers such recreational activities as camping, boating, and fishing. The county is also home to a portion of the Lake Walter F. George Wildlife Manag

Another place of interest is the Old Quitman County Jail, which was built in Georgetown during the nineteenth century and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

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Farm complex on Highway 39

Fishing at Lake Walter George

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