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County Formed May 11, 1803
County Seat Jesup
Incorporated Cities Jesup, Odum and Screven
Total Area 649.399192 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 26619 to its current population estimate of 29949, the county has experienced a growth change of 3330.

Wayne County was created in 1803 in the southeast part of the state on land acquired from the Creek Indians, who ceded the land to Georgia in the Treaty of Fort Wilkinson (1802). The county is named after "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a general in the Revolutionary War (1775-83).

The county seat, Jesup, was incorporated in 1870. Previously, the seat of government was located in the towns of Tuckersville and Waynesville, in turns. The historical record is indefinite about exactly when each of the two served as county seat between 1803 and 1856

The first recorded courthouse was built in the woods northwest of Waynesville in 1860. The current courthouse, built in Jesup between 1902 and 1903, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Jesup sprang up around a station serving the Macon and Brunswick Railroad (later Norfolk Southern) and the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad (later CSX). Its name came from Thomas Jesup, a U.S. Army general famous for his exploits during the Creek Indian War of 1836. Jesup has often been referred to as "the town that trains built" because of the prominence of railroads in its history.

Points of Interest

Wayne County offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activity. The Altamaha River provides facilities for water sports, fishing, and camping, as does Lake Lindsay Grace, in western Wayne County. Three wildlife management areas, Little Satilla Wildlife Ma

Notable Citizens

One of Wayne County's swimmers, David Larsen, became an Olympic Gold Medalist.

Annual Events

In the spring, come see our gardens at their peak during Jesup's Dogwood Festival. Summer is also a time of celebration as the traditional Fourth of July Celebration is a huge blast. October brings large crowds to the annual Odum Day Festival, the Arch Fe

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Altamaha River

Wayne County Courthouse

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