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County Formed October 18, 1870
County Seat Thomson
Incorporated Cities Dearing and Thomson
Total Area 259.8 square miles


McDuffie County was created in 1870 from parts of Columbia and Warren counties. Georgia's 132nd county was named for George McDuffie, who was born in Georgia and served as a governor of and a senator from South Carolina.

There are several noteworthy historic sites in the county. These include the Rock House, a 1785 stone structure which is Georgia's oldest documented dwelling.

Also of interest is Wrightsboro, a community founded by Quakers in 1768. The Quakers all departed by the early 1800s because of their opposition to slavery and the town gradually declined after residents refused the railroad a right-of-way.

Points of Interest

Gold was discovered near Thomson in 1823, although local gold mines only produced a total of $80,000 in gold bullion.

The presence of Interstate 20 and its location within commuting distance of Augusta should continue to provide an economic boost to McDuffie County.

Notable Citizens

Notable persons from McDuffie County was Thomas Edward Watson, a U.S. Senator and leader of the Populist Party. He is credited with being the "Father of Rural Free Delivery." Also, Blind Willie McTell, one of the true pioneers and all-time greats of country blues guitar, was born in Thomson in 1901. Among his works are blues standards such as "Statesboro Blues", "Broke Down Engine Blues", and "Love Changing Blues" that have been popularized by famous present day artists.

Annual Events

The annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival is held in Thomson to celebrate area arts and artist.

The Belle Meade Fox Hunt, held from November to March, draws participants from Europe as well as all over the United States. This hunt is noted for not killing the fox, but merely chasing it for the sport.

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State of Georgia

Historic Depot, Thomson

Blind Willie Blues Festival, Thomson

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