Emanuel County

Emanuel County, first designated in 1812, has had it boundaries shifted, divided, realigned, and feuded over to a confusing degree. Its present shape occupies land once belonging to Washington and Effingham counties. At the time of its creation, Emanuel County was designated from lands already designated as Buemanuel_county_blue_star_highway_photo.jpglloch and Montgomery counties. Later, parts of Jenkins, Johnson, and Toombs counties were taken from original Emanuel County. Emanuel County was the thirty-ninth county created.

As late as 1857 two neighbors in the town of Adrian were competing to see which could sell the government a landing site for a new bridge over the Ohoopee River. When County Commissioner Burel Kea made the sale, his neighbor Joe Hutcheson refused to live in the same county with him. Hutcheson persuaded the legislative delegation to change the county line, making it run a zig-zag course through Adrian so Hutcheson could live in Johnson County. Another neighbor, Hardy Thigpen, could then boast (or complain, as it suited him) that he would feed his horses in Treutlen County, sleep in Emanuel County, and eat his own dinner in Johnson County without leaving home.

The county is named for David Emanuel, a Revolutionary War soldier who had settled a few miles to the northeast in Burke County and was later Georgia's first and only Jewish governor. Swainsboro, the county seat, was incorporated in 1814 and named for a local pioneer family, the Swains from South Carolina. A generation later, residents had the name changed to Paris, but after only ten years they petitioned for a return to the original name.

At the northern extreme of Emanuel County is the route of the Old Savannah Road which evolved from an Indian path to a settler's trading route and in 1777 was opened to wagon traffic by the new State of Georgia. It was part of the Savannah-to-Milledgeville route along which settlers to middle and western Georgia first traveled. Parts of its route have been incorporated in modern highways.

This county has had five consecutive courthouses destroyed by fire - in 1841, 1855, 1857, 1919 and 1938.

Source: Foundations of Government - The Georgia Counties, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, 1976.


Latest News in this County:


Barrow to Host “Congress on the Corner” in Emanuel, Treutlen, Johnson, and Washington Counties

February 3, 2010

This Saturday, February 6, 2010, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will be hosting "Congress on the Corner" in Emanuel, Treutlen, Johnson, and Washington Counties.  "Congress on the Corner" is an opportunity for citizens to meet one-on-one with Congressman Barrow and to talk about what's going on in Washington.


Barrow Announces 2010 Rural Listening Tour Town Hall Meetings

December 23, 2009

Congressman Barrow will meet with local farmers/members of rural communities to talk about their concerns and discuss what's been going on up in Washington

Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) has announced the schedule for his 2010 Rural Listening Tour.  The 2010 Tour is planned for Tuesday, January 5, Wednesday, January 6, Thursday, January 7, and Friday, January 8.  It will include town hall meetings in 10 counties, with stops in Burke, Warren, Glascock, Washington, Jefferson, Evans, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, and Tattnall Counties.  Congressman Barrow will also tour farms and other facilities along the way.



November 18, 2009

Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that Swainsboro, Georgia, was one of 31 cities selected to received water and environmental project loans and grants that are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 



June 18, 2009

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that invests in two of our nation's top priorities - protecting Americans at home and spurring scientific research and innovation. The Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill invests in programs that help local and state governments keep their citizens safe. It also funds research and development programs that facilitate scientific innovation and discovery. In order to save money and fund higher-priority programs, the bill eliminates 11 programs and cuts funding for another 13 programs below the 2009 level. 


Barrow Announces $32,375,000 in Direct Allocations of Recovery Zone Bonds for Communities in Georgia’s 12th District

June 12, 2009

Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that the U.S. Treasury Department has made $25 billion in bond authority available under the Recovery Zone Bonds program.  Of that money, $32,375,000 will be available to communities in Georgia's 12th District.  Recovery Zone Bonds were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Congress passed and President Obama signed into law earlier this year.  Recovery Zone Bonds are targeted to areas particularly affected by job loss.  They will help local governments obtain financing for much needed economic development projects, such as public infrastructure development, at lower borrowing costs.  



April 9, 2009

Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that $266,319 has been awarded to the 12th District of Georgia by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).  Federal funds totaling $100 million were made available to the EFSP, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to bring immediate relief to communities to address unemployment, poverty, and other needs during the economic crisis.


Barrow to Host Health Fair in Swainsboro

April 2, 2009

Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) has been all over the 12th District, and one thing everybody's worried about is health care.  He's working hard in Washington to fix health care, but he wants to do something here at home to help.


Barrow Announces 12th District Schools to Receive an Estimated $70.9 Million

April 1, 2009

Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that an estimated $70,969,000 in emergency education funding has been released for schools in Georgia's 12th District to help save education-related jobs and maintain programs for low-income students and students with disabilities. Schools in the 12th District will receive an estimated $42,376,000 in Title I funds and $28,593,000 in IDEA funds. 


Barrow Announces $1,277,939 in Community Health Center Grants For Augusta, Savannah, Swainsboro, and Warrenton

March 27, 2009

Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that community health centers in Augusta, Savannah, Swainsboro, and Warrenton will receive $1,277,939 in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand their services. The money was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  


Barrow Announces $2.3 million in Recovery Act Funds for Crime Prevention Efforts

March 12, 2009

Washington, DC - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced that Georgia's 12th Congressional District will receive close to $2.3 million in Recovery Act 2009 funding for law enforcement assistance through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.


Barrow to Host “Congress on the Corner” in Jenkins, Emanuel, and Candler Counties 

February 23, 2009

This Saturday, February 28, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will be in Millen, Swainsboro, and Metter hosting "Congress on the Corner."  "Congress on the Corner" is an opportunity for citizens to visit one-on-one with Congressman John Barrow and discuss the issues that matter most to them. 



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