Collection: People of One Fire

Native American History of Habersham County, Georgia

Habersham County is located in the northeastern tip of Georgia. The Blue Ridge Mountain Range runs along its northwestern corner. The Chattahoochee River flows through the length of the county. All the famous poem by Sydney Lanier, “The Song of the Chattahoochee” opens with the phrase, “Out of the hills of Habersham, down through the valleys of Hall,” the river actually begins at Unicoi Gap, just north of Helen, GA in White County. Habersham also contains much of Tallulah Gorge, a 1000+ feet deep canyon formed in the Brevard Fault by the Tallulah River. Although most popular literature describes the

Native American History of Fulton County, Georgia

Fulton County located in northern Georgia. Most references state that Fulton County was named for Robert Fulton, the investor of the steam boat. However, recent research by historians have led them to conclude that it was actually named after Hamilton Fulton, a British-born civil engineer, who practiced his profession in Milledgeville (then the Georgia state capital) between 1825 and 1828. All of Fulton County is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) Its county seat is Atlanta. In 1932 Milton County (on the north) and Campbell County (on the south,) merged with Fulton County. Cobb County ceded the

Native American History of Gwinnett County, Georgia

Gwinnett County located in northern Georgia and is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) It was named after Button Gwinnett, one of Georgia’s signers of the decoration of independence. Its county seat is Lawrenceville. With over 800,000 residents, it is Georgia’s second most populous county. Gwinnett County is bordered on the northwest by Forsythe County and the “Old Milton” County portion of Fulton County. It is bordered on the southwest by DeKalb County and the southeast by Rockdale and Walton Counties. Barrow County forms its eastern boundary, while Hall County forms its northeastern boundary. The Chattahoochee River

Native American History of Douglas County, Georgia

Douglas County is located in west central Georgia and is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) It was named after African-American civil rights leader Frederick Douglass, when the county was created by Georgia’s Reconstruction General Assembly in 1870. As soon as Federal occupation troops left the state in 1874, the new General Assembly dropped the last “s” and stated that it was named after Stephen Douglas, the Democratic candidate for President in the 1860 election. The county seat is Douglasville. Douglas County is bounded on the southwest by Carroll County, GA. On the east, it adjoins the

Native American History of Early County, Georgia

Early County is named after Peter Early, who was born in Madison, Virginia in 1773, but spent his adult life in Georgia. Early was a lawyer, judge, state representative, state senator, U.S. Congressman and governor of Georgia during the Creek Redstick War. He died in 1817, the year before Early County was created. The county seat of Early County is the town of Blakely. Early County is bounded on the north by Clay County, GA. On the south, it is bordered by Seminole County, GA, southeast by Miller County, GA and southwest by Houston County, Alabama. The county’s western boundaries

Native American History of Fayette County, Georgia

Fayette County is located in west central Georgia and is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) It is named after the French Revolutionary War hero, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette. Its county seat is Fayetteville. Fayette County is also home to one of the United States’ most successful planned cities, Peachtree City. Fayette is bounded on the north by Fulton County and on the northeast by Clayton County. Henry County forms a relative short segment of its eastern boundary. Spalding County is located to the south, while Coweta County forms its

Native American History of Floyd County, Georgia

Floyd County located in northwest Georgia. It is part of the Rome, GA Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) Its county seat is Rome. It is named after John Floyd, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing a district in Georgia. John Floyd was born in Beaufort, SC and was a carpenter when he moved to northeastern Georgia. Upon the outbreak of the CreekCivil War in 1813, Floyd was named a Brigadier General in command of the First Brigade of Georgia Militia, plus 400 Georgia Creeks. Floyd led his army to one victory at the Redstick village of

Native American History of Forsyth County, Georgia

Forsyth County located in northern Georgia. It is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) Its county seat is Cumming. It is named after John Forsyth, Governor of Georgia from 1827–1829 and Secretary of State under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. Forsyth County is bordered on the north by Dawson County and the east by Hall County. Lake Lanier now covers the two counties boundary. Gwinnett County forms a short southwestern boundary of Forsyth. The section of Fulton County that was formerly Milton County adjoins Forsyth on the southwest. Cherokee County forms the northwestern border of

Native American History of Coweta County, Georgia

Coweta County is located in west central Georgia and is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) Its name is the English version of the Creek Indian town named Kowitv, which was formerly located on the Chattahoochee River, either in Coweta or adjacent Carroll County. Coweta’s county seat is Newnan. Coweta County is bounded on the northeast by Fulton County and on the northwest by the Chattahoochee River and Carroll County. Heard County forms its western boundary. Line Creek and Fayette County forms its eastern boundary. Meriwether County is to the south of Coweta. Spalding County forms a

Native American History of Dawson County, Georgia

Dawson County located in northern Georgia. It is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) Its county seat is Dawsonville. It is named after William Crosby Dawson, a U.S. Senator from Georgia. The southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is located in Dawson County at Amicalola State Park. Up until the late 20th century, Dawson County was associated with the illegal moonshine industry and stock car racing, which the moonshine industry spawned. Dawson County is bordered on the north by Fannin County, the northeast by Lumpkin County and the east by Hall County. Forsyth County is located south