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Berrien County was created 25
February 1856 out of portions of Coffee, Irwin and Lowndes counties
by an act of the Georgia General Assembly.
The county seat is
Berrien County, in South Georgia, and one
of the most progressive in the wire-grass section, was named in
honor of John McPherson Berrien, who for many years represented
Georgia in the United States Senate.
Nashville, connected with
the Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad by the Nashville and
Sparks, a short road 11½ miles long, is the county seat. The
district of the same name has 1,821 inhabitants, of whom 293 live in
Sparks, Adel and Cecil are towns on the Georgia
Southern and Florida Railway. The population of each [in 1900] is as follows:
Sparks, 683 in the
corporate limits and in the entire district 2,170; Adel, 721 in the
corporate limits, and in the entire district 1,799; Cecil, 394 in
the corporate limits, and in the entire district, 1,178.
town of Allapaha, on the Brunswick and Western Railroad of the Plant
System, has in the corporate limits a population of 429, and in its
entire district 1,986.
Thus we have in Berrien county five
good towns, the largest of which, Tifton, described in the beginning
of this sketch, did not appear on the census report of 1890, but in
the last ten years has shown a rapid growth.
Near Lenox on the
Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad is a large brickyard.
Sparks a company has been organized for manufacturing brick and
building materials, and for operating gins and
Source: "Georgia, Historical and
Industrial", By Obediah B. Stevens, Robert F. Wright, Georgia. Dept.
of Agriculture, 1901
Alapaha -- Enigma
-- Nashville -- Ray City