Homer, the county seat of Banks County, incorporated on December 19, 1859. The city remembers prominent early settler, Homer Jackson.
The Banks County courthouse, in Homer, is one of the four oldest courthouses in Georgia. Built between 1860 and 1863, the courthouse served the county until 1987, when it was restored. Today it houses historic exhibits, the Banks Chamber of Commerce and the Welcome Center.
Another historical site is the Banks County Jail, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It still has its cells, bars on the windows and the "hanging trap" door.