Long County, was originally
the western part of St. John's Parish and then
became a part of Liberty County, one of the original
eight counties of Georgia in 1777. Sixteen years
later, the eastern part of the county became a part
of McIntosh County when it was formed in 1793. This
portion remained a part of McIntosh until 1880, when
all of the area was returned to Liberty County. The
western boundary of Long County is the
Altamaha River, and this
major waterway was prominent to its early history.
was named for Dr.
W. Long, a Georgian who discovered the use of ether
as an anesthetic. Dr. Long is one of two Georgians
National Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. and was so
honored as the great benefactor of mankind.
There is a
Crawford W. Long museum in Jefferson, Georgia
that contains many of the original items used by Dr.
Long in his scientific and physician capacities.
You can visit them online to get an idea of what
items you will see there. Take a guess as to
what the picture to the left of this text depicts
before you go to their site.