Brantley was one of the last Georgia counties created (156th). The county was formed in 1920 from Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties and was named for Benjamin D. Brantley, a member of a prominent local family, although some historians claim the name honors State Senator William Goodman Brantley of Brunswick.

There are two municipalities in Brantley County, Nahunta, the county seat, and Hoboken. Nahunta sounds Indian, but in fact the name is a colloquialism derived from railroad maps and a sign, "N.A. Hunter Siding."

The 35,789-acre Dixon Memorial State Forest, shared by Brantley and Ware counties, is administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Brantley County residents also have access to the Harrington Tract Wildlife Management Area (shared with Glynn County) and the Rayonier Wildlife Management Area (shared with Wayne County).

 

Fort McIntosh is a military fort from the American Revolution located near the Satilla River in Brantley County, Georgia near the present site of the intersection of US Route 82 and Georgia Route 110 near the town of Atkinson, Georgia.

The log fortress was constructed by Wm. McIntosh, brother of Colonel Lachlan McIntosh, to guard the Georgia frontier against attacks by Tory sympathizing Floridians and hostile Native American tribes.

The fort was a square log and earth structure about 100 feet on each side with a bastion at each corner. The fort was garrisoned by 40 men from the 3rd Carolina Regiment and 20 Continentals from the Georgia Brigade, under command of Captain Richard Winn.

On Feb. 17, 1777, the base was attacked by Tories and Indians and forced to surrender the next day. All of the prisoners were  released with the exception of two officers who were taken as  hostages to St. Augustine, Florida.

 

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