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County Formed December 14, 1827
County Seat Buena Vista
Incorporated Cities Buena Vista
Total Area 367.1 square miles


Marion County was created in 1827. Georgia's 72nd county was named for the Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion. Known as the "Swamp Fox," Marion campaigned successfully against the British in South Carolina.

Fort Perry was built in Marion County by General John Floyd, on the old Alabama Road. It was named in honor of the hero of the Lake Erie Battle in 1812.

Points of Interest

Two antebellum courthouses still stand in Marion County: the Old Courthouse in Tazewell, erected in 1848 at a cost of $1,637, and the present courthouse built in 1850 in Buena Vista. The very first courthouse was built in 1839 in Horry, but burned down in 1845.

Another interesting tourist attraction is Pasquan, created by Eddie Owens Martin on his family farm. Martin painted and decorated virtually every square foot of every structure on the farm inside and out with images from Asian, African and Native American cultures.

Notable Citizens

Josh Gibson, regarded as the greatest Negro League player ever, was born in Buena Vista.

Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Marion County Courthouse, Buena Vista

The Big Chief Grist Mill

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