WARE County, Georgia
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The county seat is Waycross, Georgia.
By geographic area, Ware County is the largest Georgia county.
The county is named for Nicholas Ware - the mayor of Augusta, Georgia from (1819-1821) and a United States Senator who represented Georgia from 1821 until his death in 1824.

Ware County, Georgia's 60th county, was created on December 15th,1824 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly from land that was originally part of Appling county.

Several counties were later created from parts of the original Ware County borders:

Bacon County (from portions of Appling, Pierce, and Ware Counties in 1917)
Clinch County (from portions of Lowndes and Ware Counties in 1850)
Coffee County (from portions of Clinch , Irwin, Telfair, and Ware Counties in 1854)
Pierce County (from portions of Appling and Ware Counties in 1857)

Waycross County Seat
The area now known as Waycross was first settled around 1820, locally known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine" and then Pendleton. It was renamed Tebeauvilee in 1857, incorporated in 1866 and designated county seat of Ware County in 1873. Then it was incorporated as "Way Cross" on March 3, 1935.
 During the 1950s the city had a tourist gimmick. The local police would stop motorists with out-of-state license plates and escort them to downtown Waycross.
There they would be met by the Welcome World Committee and given overnight lodging, dinner and a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp.
The tradition faded away after the interstates opened through Georgia.

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Neighboring Counties

Bacon County, Georgia - northeast

Pierce County, Georgia - east

Brantley County, Georgia - east

Charlton County, Georgia - southeast

Baker County, Florida - south

Atkinson County, Georgia - southwest

Clinch County, Georgia - southwest

Coffee County, Georgia - northwest

Towns/Cities in Ware County

Deenwood -- Manor -- Sunnyside -- Waycross -- Ruskin
Dixie Union -- Millwood -- Waresboro

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