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County Formed December 20, 1828
County Seat Cuthbert
Incorporated Cities Coleman, Cuthbert and Shellman
Total Area 430.821168 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 7758 to its current population estimate of 7313, the county has experienced a growth change of -445.

Randolph County was created from Lee County on December 20, 1828 and was named for Virginia congressman John Randolph (1773-1833) of Roanoke, one of the more controversial statesmen of the early federal period.

Lumpkin served as the county seat until 1830, when it became the county seat for Stewart County, which was formed from Randolph. Cuthbert was named Randolph's county seat in 1831.

After the Civil War, Randolph County continued its educational reputation when Howard Normal School, established by the American Missionary Association, opened its doors to area African Americans in 1867. Richard R. Wright became the first black headmaster in 1876. During his four-year tenure, he organized the Georgia State Teacher's Association and edited the Weekly Journal of Progress.

Points of Interest

Fletcher Henderson house - Built in 1888, this house is the birthplace of jazz legend, Fletcher Henderson.

Built in 1886 in the Romanesque Revival style, the Randolph County Courthouse

Higher Education

Andrew College, a private, two-year college.

Annual Events

The Fletcher Henderson Jazz Festival, held every spring in Cuthbert

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Muse House, Cuthbert

Andrew College, Cuthbert

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