WORTH CO. GEORGIA HISTORY
Worth County was created from Dooly
and Irwin counties on December 20, 1853, by an act of the Georgia
becoming Georgia's 106th county. It was named for
Major General William J. Worth of New York.
In 1905, portions of Worth
County were used to create Tift and Turner counties
The county is called the "Peanut Capital" because of its massive peanut
Worth County, created in 1853 and containing more than 500 square
miles, was dotted with many small communities and towns. Travel was
difficult and roads had to be backed out of the timbered lands. The
communties grew around the stagecoach road, turpentine stills,
sawmills, gristmills, waterways, and railroads. A couple of stores and
businesses, a post office, a church, and a school would be built and a
certain level of self sufficiency would he obtained. As travel became
less arduous, some of these communities faded away.
Some of the old
names are Att, Artesta, Egypt. Pinder Town, Utica, Dong, Willingham,
Gintown, and Alford's Switch. These may be a distant memory now or perhaps a road sign.
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