Lincoln County, Georgia
|Lincoln County, Georgia|
Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincolnton
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1796|
|Named for||Benjamin Lincoln|
|• Total||257 sq mi (666 km2)|
|• Land||210 sq mi (544 km2)|
|• Water||47 sq mi (122 km2), 18.2%|
|• Density||38/sq mi (15/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Lincoln County is included in the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Savannah River forming its northeastern border. Located above the fall line, it is part of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and a member of the CSRA Regional Development Center.
On February 20, 1796 Lincoln County was established as the twenty-fourth county in the state of Georgia. Before then, its territory was part of Wilkes County, now on its western side. The new county was named after General Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810), a Revolutionary War hero notable for receiving Gen. Cornwallis's Sword of Surrender at Yorktown, Virginia. In 1809 he retired from the military.
On January 22, 1852 the legislature changed the location of the line between Wilkes County and Lincoln County. There is no record as to why the legislature made these changes.
From before the American Revolutionary War until the 1950s, Lincoln County was primarily a farming and agricultural area. The development and creation of Clarke Hill Dam created a large reservoir that covered portions of Lincoln and nearby counties. Developers have created many residential neighborhoods and subdivisions in areas near the lake.
- U.S. Route 378
- State Route 43
- State Route 43 Connector
- State Route 44
- State Route 47
- State Route 79
- State Route 220
- Elbert County, Georgia - north
- McCormick County, South Carolina - northeast
- Columbia County, Georgia - south
- McDuffie County, Georgia - southwest
- Wilkes County, Georgia - west
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,348 people, 3,251 households, and 2,379 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 4,514 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.25% White, 34.37% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,251 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 15.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,952, and the median income for a family was $36,657. Males had a median income of $27,165 versus $21,338 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,351. About 12.40% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.60% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.
Recreation and historical sites
Since the creation of Clarke’s Hill Lake, recreation has contributed to Lincoln County's growth. It is a main destination for tourists, providing fishing, boating, and other water sport opportunities for visitors and those who live near and around the lake. Lincoln County borders about 380 square miles (980 km2) of shoreline on Clarke’s Hill Lake.
Toward the eastern part of Lincoln County, just before the South Carolina line, is Elijah Clarke State Park. This park is roughly 447 acres (1.81 km2). In May of every year, Elijah Clarke State Park holds a bluegrass festival, which has become a major attraction in the last 20 years. Several well-known bluegrass musicians play at this event each year, including Lincoln County natives, The Lewis Family. Also held annually at Elijah Clarke State park is an Arts and Crafts Festival and a Log Cabin Christmas. Both are held in the month of October.
There are many historic places to visit in Lincoln County. Some of these include:
- Lamar-Blanchard House, Lincolnton, which is on the National Register of Historic Places
- The Lincoln County Historical Park
- Graves Mountain
Economic growth has been associated with development of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Clarks Hill Lake, the logging industry. In Lincoln County, logging is a multi-million dollar industry. More than 20 logging business produce most of the jobs for Lincoln County residents. The county has attracted new companies, such as : Hero Metal, LLC; Top Grill, LLC; and Charles Owen, Inc.
- Garrison Hearst- Former NFL player, pro bowler, comeback player in 1995 and 2001
- Barney Bussey - Former NFL player, played for the Cincinnati Bengals and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- The Lewis Family - family bluegrass and gospel band, in 1992 they were inducted into Georgia Music Hall of Fame
- Tom Nash - NFL player for the Green Bay Packers and Brooklyn Dodgers
- Central Savannah River Area
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Lincoln County, Georgia
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||Elbert County||McCormick County, South Carolina|
|McDuffie County||Columbia County|