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History of Camden County, Georgia

ohn L. Kissinger has written an article for the New Georgia Encyclopedia on the History of Camden County and I doubt that I can do a better job of writing one thus please proceed to read his article here.

A short piece of the article is shown below:

Camden County is the southernmost county on the Georgia coast. Created by the Georgia Constitution of February 5, 1777, Camden County at a Glance it is the state's eighth original county. Camden County combined the colonial parishes of St. Thomas and St. Mary with lands ceded by the Creek Indians. In 1854 the state legislature incorporated land from Camden County to create Charlton County. Camden County is named for Charles Pratt, earl of Camden (1714-94), chief justice and lord chancellor of England who supported the American colonies before the Revolution.


The Camden County courthouse in Woodbine was built
Camden County Courthouse
The town of St. Patrick, on the south side of Great Satilla River, was selected as the first county seat in 1787. In 1792 the seat was moved to St. Marys, and in 1800 to Jefferson (later called Jeffersonton), which was at or near the site of St. Patrick. In 1802 a courthouse and jail were built in Jeffersonton. Until the Civil War the community thrived, owing to a large number of plantations along the river cultivating rice, cotton, corn, and other products. With the collapse of the plantation economy after the war, Jeffersonton declined and was mostly abandoned. Today it is considered a dead town, although several families still own homes in the area. In 1872 the county seat returned to St. Marys, where it remained until 1923, when it was moved to its current location in Woodbine.  


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