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Emanuel County

Incorporated Date: 
December 10, 1812
Total Area: 
686.0 sq mi
Contact Information
P.O. Box 787
Swainsboro, GA 30401
Phone Number: 
(478) 237-3881
Fax Number: 
(478) 237-2593

Emanuel County, organized in 1812 from parts of Washington and Effingham counties, probably has the most disputed boundaries of all the Georgia counties. Boundary shifts occurred among Emanuel, Bulloch, Montgomery, Jenkins, Johnson and Toombs counties during much of the 19th century. At one point feud­ing neighbors persuaded legislators to move the boundary so they would not have to live in the same county with each other. The county is named for a former governor, David Emanuel, who served in the Revolutionary War. Swainsboro, the county seat, is named for a local pioneer family.