Top, left to right: Charlton County Courthouse, Folkston Funnel, Folkston Train Museum, City Hall, Downtown Folkston, Okefenokee Swamp
|Motto: "Gateway to the Okefenokee"|
Location in Charlton County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)|
|• Land||3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|• Density||605.7/sq mi (233.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
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|Website||City of Folkston Georgia Website|
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Folkston was founded on August 19, 1911. The city was named in honor of William Brandon Folks, M.D., a prominent physician and surgeon in his day. In the years 1925 - 1927, many new and commodious residences were built and several modern brick buildings were erected, including the Citizen Bank Block, the new Masonic Temple building, a new grammar-school building and a new courthouse. Shortly after its creation, the village of Folkston was incorporated as a town government and functioned as a town until the year 1911 when the area was incorporated as the city of Folkston. For a number of years, the city of Folkston was the self-proclaimed "Marriage Capital of the World". The city embraced this nickname because Floridians who could not endure their state's waiting period before tying the knot would cross the state line to wed.
Folkston is located at .(30.834437, -82.004829)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,178 people, 817 households, and 548 families residing in the city. The population density was 605.7 people per square mile (233.6/km²). There were 976 housing units at an average density of 271.4 per square mile (104.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.14% White; 51.52% African American; 0.18% Native American. 0.41% Asian; 0.05% Pacific Islander; 0.18% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.
There were 817 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 41.6% were married couples living together; 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present; and 32.9% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18; 8.9% from 18 to 24; 26.4% from 25 to 44; 20.5% from 45 to 64; and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $21,840, and the median income for a family was $32,375. Males had a median income of $26,302 versus $19,816 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,653. About 26.1% of families and 28.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.8% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
With virtually all rail traffic headed to Florida passing through Folkston, the rail lines through the city have acquired the nickname "The Folkston Funnel". As many as 60 trains a day pass through Folkston heading into and out of Florida, which some years draws ten times as many railfans as people who live in the city. To provide for a safe (and advantageous) viewing situation, the town has followed the example of another high-density rail town, Rochelle, Illinois, and has built a platform for visitors, along with picnic tables, chairs, barebecue pits, restrooms, grills, and even wifi. And at night, lights shine from the platform onto the double track so if someone wanted to, he or she could watch after sunset. Trains that come from the north move south toward Savannah, go through the Folkston Funnel, and arrive in Jacksonville. Trains that come from Florida do the same, just the opposite direction.
At the covered viewing platform, there is an active scanner running and visitors can listen to train engineers as they run the trains through. As of 2006, there is also free WiFi for all Americans.
The Okefenokee Festival Is an annual event that occurs the second Saturday of October. The Okefenokee Festival parade usually starts at 11:00 a.m. As spectators and shoppers stroll through the arts and crafts, they sample all the delicious foods. They can enjoy live local entertainment all day on the back porch of the Depot, and Clogging, Line Dancing and karate exhibitions on Main Street. An annual "Railwatch" is held on the first weekend, second weekend if Easter falls on the first weekend, in April every year.
- Charlton County Indian Football Team has made the playoffs 23 years in a row. 7 time state championship appearance. 4 time state winner 99,04,05,06.
Charlton County School District
The Charlton County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of three elementary schools, a high school, and a private school. The district has 114 full-time teachers and over 2,015 students.
- Folkston Elementary School - Pre-K to 3rd grade
- Bethune Middle School - (named after Mary McLeod Bethune) - 4th to 8th grade
- St. George Elementary School
- Charlton County High School - 9th to 12th grade
- Christian Academy - Pre-K to 12th grade
- Champ Bailey, American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League; born in Folkston.
- Boss Bailey, American football linebacker who played in the National Football League; born in Folkston.
- Current Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) star QB, Dwight Dasher is from Folkston. In the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, Dasher broke the all-time rushing record for QB in a bowl game with 201 yards. The previous record was held by Vince Young.
- Canadian cannabis activist Marc Emery was serving a five-year prison sentence at D. Ray James Correctional Institution in Folkston before he was transferred to The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Yazoo City, Mississippi.
- Chris Milton Current Georgia Tech Defensive Back
- Larry Smith Former FSU Seminole Football player drafted 2nd Round to Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers
- Elderidge Milton Middle Linebacker for Clemson Tigers in 1980s and former member of the Atlanta Falcons
and Chicago Bears
- Justin Williams State Champion Track and Football player. Former Florida Gator 2006-2010 (06 & 08 sec east, sec, national champion. 09 sec east champion, sugar bowl and outback bowl winner, lost to Michigan in 08 capitol one bowl.
- Melad Smith first African American Mayor of Folkston, Ga.
- Richard Mcwhoter one of the best coaches to coach football in GHSA history. Winningest Coach to coach Charlton County Football Team.
- Kenny Bailey Cousin of Champ, Boss, Ronald Bailey (Bailey Brothers) former Georgia Bulldog
- David Pender State Champion Track and Football. Former Purdue Boilermaker. Free Agent Philadelphia Eagle, Baltimore Raven, Cincinnati Bengal, Indianapolis Colt.
- Jeremy Privitt All State Passing Record in Georgia. All State Selection And former Georgia Bulldog signee and Valdosta State Transfer
- Ralph Bolden former Indian standout running back and former Purdue Boilermaker. 3rd all time for rushing yards in a game. MVP of the 2010 game against Oregon
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- Watching freight trains can be a fascinating afternoon (The Inn at Folkston)
- The Folkston Funnel: Trainwatcher's Page
- Watching freight trains can be a fascinating afternoon (The Inn at Folkston)
- Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
- School Stats, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
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- "Marc Scott Emery." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on January 10, 2011.
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- City of Folkston Georgia Website Portal style website, Government, Business, Library, Recreation and more
- City-Data.com Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Folkston
- City of Folkston Folkston Funnel page.
- Charlton County Herald Charlton County's "official legal organ"
- Folkston Junction Florida Times-Union article
- Railfanning in Folkston Railfanning.org
- Folkston Area Connect
- Okefenokee Festival
- City of Folkston
- Charlton County Schools
- Folkston Webcam FolkstonCam.com