Established in 1808, Pulaski County is situated in central Georgia and comprises 247 square miles. It was initially created from Laurens County, but its boundaries shifted several times during the century following its establishment. In 1870 the state created Dodge County from a portion of Pulaski; then in 1912 the state took a portion of northwest Pulaski to create Bleckley County.
Named for Casimir Pulaski—a Polish officer who died of injuries sustained during the American Revolution (1775-83)—Pulaski County includes several communities. Its county seat, Hawkinsville, is named for Benjamin Hawkins, an agent to the Creek Indians. The city lies in the center of the county on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. During the nineteenth century Hawkinsville was an important center for river transportation, as steamboats and riverboats carried freight from Hawkinsville to the coast. Also during the nineteenth century, when the Supreme Court of Georgia traveled to eight locations across the state, Hawkinsville served as one of the court's regular venues.
Pulaski's most noteworthy industry is equestrian training. With Hawkinsville's Lawrence L. Bennett Harness Horse Training Facility, the only harness horse training facility in the state, Pulaski County serves as a winter home for harness horsemen across the country. The county's mild climate and the
Notable natives of Pulaski County include artists Butler Brown, whose paintings have been displayed in the White House, and Nell Choate Jones.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, Pulaski County's population was 12,010, an increase from the 2000 population of 9,588.
Susan R. Boatright and Douglas C. Bachtel, eds., Georgia County Guide (Athens: Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, University of Georgia, annual).
Absalom Harris Chappell, Miscellanies of Georgia: Historical, Biographical, Descriptive, Etc., part 1 (Atlanta: J. F. Meegan, ).
E. Merton Coulter, "Nancy Hart, Georgia Heroine of the Revolution: The Story of the Growth of a Tradition," Georgia Historical Quarterly 39 (June 1955): 118-51.
Hawkinsville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, comp., History of Pulaski County Georgia (Atlanta: n.p., 2002).
Carlton A. Morrison, Running the River: Poleboats, Steamboats, and Timber Rafts on the Altamaha, Ocmulgee, Oconee, and Ohoopee (St. Simons Island, Ga.: Saltmarsh Press, 2003).
Joseph A. Wytrwal, "Memorials to General Casimir Pulaski in the United States," Georgia Historical Quarterly 44 (September 1960): 245-62.
Nancy Lawson Remler, Armstrong Atlantic State University
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