Tattnall County was named for the governor who signed the legislative act creating it, Governor Josiah Tattnall. It became the twenty-sixth county in order of creation in 1801, its land taken from Montgomery County and part of the original Washington County. There was no town at all in the new county, so its creating act provided that county government should be conducted from the home of Zacharia Cox on the Ohoopee River, the western limit of the county.
It wasn't until 1828 that a legislative committee was charged with selecting a site near the geographical center of the county for a courthouse. In 1832, a post office was officially designated for a community that was called Reidsville for Robert E. Reid, Superior Court judge and later territorial governor of Florida.
In 1936, the state selected a one thousand acre tract in Tattnall County for the central state penitentiary.
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 Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, and Montgomery Counties
January 27, 2010
This Saturday, January 30, 2010, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will be hosting "Congress on the Corner" in Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, and Montgomery 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.
Glennville 4th Grader Wins Barrow’s Holiday Card Art Contest
December 23, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) is proud to announce that Carla Rafael Miranda, a 4th grader at Glennville Elementary School, has won his 2009 Holiday Art Contest.
Barrow Announces 2009 Veterans Town Hall Tour Schedule
June 25, 2009
Meetings will be held in Savannah, Glennville, Statesboro, Augusta, and Milledgeville.
Washington, D.C. - It's time again for Congressman Barrow's annual Veterans Town Hall Tour. This is an opportunity for Congressman Barrow to meet with veterans and their families, thank them for their service, and listen to their concerns. He'll be hosting five meetings on July 1, July 2, and July 3 throughout Georgia's 12th District:
GEORGIA’S 12TH DISTRICT AWARDED $266,319 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM
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 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 to Host “Congress on the Corner” in Reidsville, Vidalia, Mount Vernon, and Soperton
January 28, 2009
This Saturday, January 31, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will be in Reidsville, Vidalia, Mount Vernon, and Soperton 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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