Clinch County, in southeast Georgia, is the state's third largest county. Clinch comprises 809 square miles and includes a portion of the Okefenokee Swamp, which extends over the eastern border of the county. Clinch County was formed in 1850 from land that came from parts of Lowndes and Ware counties; portions also came from Appling County. (In subsequent years Clinch lost some of its territory to Atkinson, Coffee, Echols, and Lanier counties.) The county was named for Duncan Lamont Clinch, a veteran of the War of 1812 (1812-15) and later a Georgia congressman who was defeated in the 1847 gubernatorial campaign.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, the county population is 6,798, a slight decrease from the 2000 population of 6,878.
The county seat is Homerville, which began as a stagecoach stop and was first incorporated in 1869. The
There are three other incorporated towns in Clinch County—Argyle, DuPont, and Fargo. Established in 1885, Argyle was
Notable residents of Clinch County have included U.S. congresswoman Iris Faircloth Blitch, who was the first woman to serve two terms in the Georgia senate, actor Ossie Davis, and Methodist bishop Arthur J. Moore.
Places of interest include Stephen C. Foster State Park, inside the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to numerous mammals, birds, and reptiles and amphibians, many of which can be seen from the trails.
The largest festival in the county is the Timberland Jubilee, held each spring to showcase the contributions the timber industry has made to the local economy.
Susan R. Boatright and Douglas C. Bachtel, eds., Georgia County Guide (Athens: Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, University of Georgia, annual).
Kenneth W. Bennett, A Chronicle of Clinch County (Waycross, Ga.: Brantley Printing, 1991).
Folks Huxford, History of Clinch County, Georgia (Macon, Ga.: J. W. Burke Co., 1916).
Elizabeth B. Cooksey, Savannah
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