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Burke County

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Incorporated Date: 
February 5, 1777
Population: 
22,732
Total Area: 
835.1 sq mi
Contact Information
P.O. Box 89
Waynesboro, GA 30830
Phone Number: 
(706) 554-2324
Fax Number: 
(706) 554-0350

Burke County is one of the original counties dating to 1777 when the first state constitution designated it from the Colonial parish of St. George. It was later divided to form Screven and Jefferson counties. Its name honors Edmond Burke, a member of Parliament who supported the colonies' interests. Waynesboro, the county seat, is named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne of Revolutionary War fame.