Wayne County, which was created in 1803 from Creek Indian land, was Georgia’s 28th county. It bears the name of a flamboyant Pennsylvania commander in the Revolutionary War, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Until 1850, the county bragged that it had no jails and needed none.
The county seat was moved to Jesup in 1874. The current courthouse, built in 1803, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The city was known for years as the railway center of South Coast Georgia. Trains still stop for passenger service three times daily.
Residents of Wayne County have access to the Altamaha River, which offers canoeing, boating and fishing. Skiing competitions on Lake Kenerly attract national athletes. And, Wayne County is home to both the Little Satilla and the Tyler Tract Wildlife Management Areas.
Wayne County hosts four annual festivals: Jesup’s Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival, the Fourth of July Celebration in Screven, Odum’s Homecoming Day, and the Jesup Arch Fest.
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