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Folkston, the county seat of Charlton County, was founded on August 19, 1911. The city was named for a predominant family in the Charlton County area.

For a number of years, the city of Folkston was the self-proclaimed "Marriage Capital of the World". The city embraced this nickname because Floridans who could not endure their state's waiting period before tying the knot would cross the state line to wed.

The Folkston courthouse, build in the late 1920s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also the Folkston Railroad Depot, built in 1903, is a museum of railroad artifacts housed with the Folkston-Charlton County Chamber of Commerce.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge includes a restored swamp homestead, picnic facilities, a 4,000-foot boardwalk and an observation tower.

Folkston host the annual Okefenokee Festival held every October.

Folkston participates in the Better Hometown Program run by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This community development program is a public-private partnership intended to revitalize small communities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000. These cities have access to technical assistance and fiscal resources designed to stimulate downtown revitalization.


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