Treutlen County was created in 1917 from parts of Emanuel and Montgomery counties, within the territory first designated as Washington County. Treutlen County became the one hundred fifty-second county to be created in Georgia. The earliest settlers entered the region in about 1784. Treutlen County bears the name of John Adam Treutlen who served in the Provincial Congress of 1775 and defeated Button Gwinnett in 1777 to become Georgia's first governor. He was declared a rebel governor by the Crown and is believed to have been murdered by Tories while visiting in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Soperton, the county seat, was named for a prominent local citizen.
Treutlen County is part of the wiregrass section, its deep pine woods being the source of its wealth. Though early settlers who came from the Carolinas cleared small farms in the area, their reason for coming was the forest harvest. Farming operations were small and generally only for the maintenance of the immediate residents.
Governor George M. Troup is buried at Rosemont in the southwest corner of the county, one of his many plantations. He died there while visiting from his home plantation near Dublin in 1856. The Governor had been born in 1780 on the Tombigbee River in a part of Georgia that was to become part of Alabama.
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 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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