Seminole County is located in the extreme southwestern corner of Georgia. It is bounded by Alabama to the west, Florida to the south, Decatur County to the east, and Early and Miller counties to the north. Native Americans inhabited the area from at least the thirteenth century until the increasing encroachment of European populations pushed the native peoples off the land. The Seminole Indians apparently made their last stand in what now is Seminole County. Legend has it that their chief, Oceola, was born there.
Seminole is the 156th Georgia county.
The county is run by a board of five commissioners assisted by a county administrator, who also serves as the administrator for the city of Donalsonville, the county seat. There is an accredited hospital and an airport with a lighted 5,186-foot runway in the county.
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Historic sites in Seminole County are the renovated Olive Theatre, a mural depicting farming history on the wall of a local business, and the Two Palm Courthouse. Famous Seminole County natives include the late Julian Webb, who served on the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and Phillip Daniels, who plays defensive end for the professional football team the Chicago Bears.
In addition to recreational fishing in Lake Seminole and golfing at the country club and at courses in surrounding counties, Seminole hosts an annual harvest festival in October, the Shellcracker Fishing Tournament in April, and a rodeo. Lake Seminole has frequently been the site of a bass tournament and is ranked the fifth best bass-fishing lake in the United States.
Mary Kirkland, Jo Webb, and Helen Perry, eds., Cornerstone of Georgia: Seminole County, 1920-1991 (Donalsonville, Ga.: Seminole County Historical Society; reprint, Roswell, Ga.: W. H. Wolfe Associates, 1991).
Raymond L. Chambers, Bainbridge College
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