Brantley County includes the cities of Atkinson, Hickox, Hoboken, Hortense, Lulaton, Nahunta, Trudie, and Waynesville.
The county was formed in 1920 from Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties and was named for Benjamin D. Brantley, a member of a prominent local family.
Because the Okefenokee Swamp lays to the south and west of the county, passage through Brantley County was essential to the railroads running from the coast through the southern part of the state.
Fort McIntosh and Fort Mudge were built in the early years of the Revolutionary War in Brantley. Fort McIntosh protected the county’s extensive herds of cattle. It was placed under siege from Tories in 1777 and eventually surrendered. Fort Mudge fort was immortalized by Walt Kelly in the “Pogo” comic strip.
Brantley County is home to abundant natural resources. The 35,789-acre Dixon Memorial State Forest, shared by Brantley and Ware counties, is administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Brantley County residents also have access to the Harrington Tract Wildlife Management Area (shared with Glynn County) and the Rayonier Wildlife Management Area (shared with Wayne County). And, the scenic Satilla River winds its way through Brantley County, providing opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping.
The Bluegrass Festival is held in the spring and the fall of each year. Other special events include Christmas festivities held the first Saturday in December and the Hoboken Trojan Fest.
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