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Franklin County

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Incorporated Date: 
February 25, 1784
Population: 
21,824
Total Area: 
263.3 sq mi
Contact Information
P.O. Box 159
Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone Number: 
(706) 384-2483
Fax Number: 
(706) 384-7089
Email Address: 

Franklin County dates to 1784 when its territory covered that of the future Banks, Jackson, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee and Stephens counties plus parts of Hart, Madison, Hall and Gwinnett counties. The state offered land grants to veterans of the War of 1812, but the veterans found Franklin County so remote that few exercised their rights of owner­ship. The county remembers, of course, Benjamin Franklin, author, statesman, diplomat, philosopher and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Carnesville, the county seat, recognizes Thomas B. Carnes, a member of the Third Congress of the United States.