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County Formed December 14, 1827
County Seat Greenville
Incorporated Cities Gay, Greenville, Lone Oak, Luthersville, Manchester, Warm Springs and Woodbury
Total Area 505.335661 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 22529 to its current population estimate of 21198, the county has experienced a growth change of -1331.

Meriwether County, in west central Georgia, is the state's seventy-first county, created in 1827 from 503 square miles taken from Troup County. It is named for David Meriwether, a Revolutionary War (1775-83) general remembered for his accomplishments as an interpreter for Creek Indians, a state legislator, and a U.S. congressman.

Greenville, the county seat and the oldest town in the county, was laid out in 1828 on land owned by General Hugh W. Ector and first settled by Abraham B. Ragan, whose log cabin store stood on the site of the current courthouse square. Greenville, originally spelled "Greeneville," was named for Nathanael Greene and incorporated twice—in 1828 and again in 1852.

Tourism has been a substantial part of Meriwether County's economy since 1832, when resorts complete with inns and cabins were built around the area's mineral springs. At first, visitors came from the cities of the South, but as railroads reduced reliance on horse and carriage, people from farther away were able to enjoy the curative springs and stay for a season.

Points of Interest

Warm Springs, with Roosevelt's Little White House, is a major attraction. In association with the historic home, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources operates a state park.

The adjacent Georgia Rehabilitation Center (later Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation), founded in 1964 and brought under state control in 1974, treats those with brain and spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other conditions needing rehabilitation. The film Warm Springs (2005), which chronicles Roosevelt's time in Warm Springs during the 1920s, was made on location at the park and center.

FDR State Park, which contains 24 miles of hiking and backpacking trails, is within the boundries of the cities of Pine Mountain and Warm Springs.

The Chattahooche-Flint Highway, a scenic highway, runs through Coweta, Troup and Meriwether counties.

Notable Citizens

Governor John Marshall Slaton is from Meriwether County. He was also, at one point, the president of the Georgia Senate.

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State of Georgia

FDRs Little White House in Warm Springs

Downtown Gay

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