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Liberty County, located on the Georgia coast, was one of the seven Georgia counties created from the original colonial parishes on February 5, 1777. The Guale Indians inhabited that area from prehistoric times, and in the eighteenth century the tribe became a part of the Muskogee or Creek Confederation. The Spanish placed a mission on St. Catherines Island in the late sixteenth century among the Guale Indians. In the early 1750s English settlers, including a group of Congregationalists from Dorchester, South Carolina, located in the area between the Medway and Newport rivers.

Shortly before the American Revolution (1775-83), a number of people who later became prominent in the new state and republic settled there, including Nathan Brownson, Mark Carr, James Dunwoody, John Elliott Sr., Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Lachlan McIntosh, James Screven, and Daniel Stewart. In the 1770s William Bartram traveled through the area during his famous expedition.

In 1775 St. John's Parish, one of three parishes that would eventually make up Liberty County, was the first area in Georgia to send a representative to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. In that year the citizens of St. John's Parish gathered in the Congregational Church in Midway, where they elected Lyman Hall to represent them in the Continental Congress. They sent several wagonloads of rice with him to feed the Continental troops surrounding Boston. Because St. John's Parish was the first in Georgia to vote for liberty, the new county created from this parish was given the name Liberty.

The county seat is Hinesville, Georgia

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Neighboring Counties

Bryan County, Georgia  - north

McIntosh County, Georgia  - south

Long County, Georgia - west 

Evans County, Georgia - northwest

Tattnall County, Georgia  - northwest

Towns/Cities in Liberty County

Allenhurst -- Flemington -- Fort Stewart -- Gumbranch -- Hinesville
Midway -- Riceboro -- Walthourville

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