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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 Nashville,
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 the town.
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.
The 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. At Sparks a
company has been organized for manufacturing brick and building materials,
and for operating gins and planing-mills.
Source: "Georgia, Historical
and Industrial", By Obediah B. Stevens, Robert F. Wright, Georgia. Dept.
of Agriculture, 1901.
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