Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
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Clarke County was created in 1801 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 5. The county was named after Revolutionary War hero Elijah Clarke and included 250 square miles of land that was originally part of Jackson County.

Clarke was most recognized for being credited with the 1779 victory at the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County. The Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a monument in his name in the middle of Broad Street in Athens that still stands today.

The city of Athens began as a tiny settlement and trading post that emerged at Cedar Shoals, where an ancient Cherokee trail crossed the Oconee River. On January 27, 1785, the Georgia General Assembly created the University of Georgia as the first chartered state-supported university in the United States. It was not until the summer of 1801, though, that five men traveled to the area to look for an appropriate site for the University. One member of the delegation, John Milledge, purchased 633 acres on the hill above Cedar Shoals and donated it to the University. He renamed the area Athens in honor of the Classical Greek center of culture.

The original Clarke County Commission had selected Watkinsville, now in Oconee County, as the county seat. All county offices and county business, including the courts and jail, later moved north to Athens when the seat was moved on November 24, 1871. The state legislature created Oconee County from the southwest section of Clarke County and named Watkinsville as its seat. Oconee gained one-third of Clarke's population and three-fifths of its land

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Neighboring Counties

Madison County, Georgia - northeast

Oglethorpe County, Georgia - east

Oconee County, Georgia - west

Barrow County, Georgia - west

Jackson County, Georgia - northwest

Towns/Cities in Athens-Clarke County

Athens / Winterville/ Bogart

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