County Formed: December 3, 1832
County Seat: Dallas
Incorporated Cities: Braswell, Dallas and Hiram
Total Area: 313.6 square miles
Current Population Estimates (2009):1
- Paulding County – 136,655
- Braswell – 126
- Dallas – 10,861
- Hiram – 2,102
Paulding County, the 87th county created in the state, was formed from part of Cherokee County. It was named after John Paulding, a soldier in the Revolutionary War who helped capture Major Andre, an accomplice in Benedict Arnold’s plot to overthrow the nation.
The county courthouse, built in 1892, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historic site is Pickett’s Mill, a very well preserved Civil War battlefield. In the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s forces clashed with Confederates here prior to heading to Kennesaw.
Points of Interest:
The Silver Comet Trail, a walking, biking, and skating path with approximately twenty miles of pavement in Paulding County is eventually planned to go from Atlanta to Annistown, Alabama.
Paulding County is a popular destination for history buffs because of its well-preserved Civil War memorials. New Hope Church is the site of the 1864 battle between General Sherman and Confederate General Johnston. A monument and memorial park stand at New Hope Church, describing events of this well-known battle.
Country music stars Travis Tritt and Patty Loveless are residents of Paulding County.
Along with the civil war reenactments at Pickett’s Mill, the county hosts several other large events including the Paulding Meadows Arts and Crafts Festival, the Hunt’s Meadow Country Fair, the Raccoon Creek Music Festival and the Halloween Trick or Treat Village.
- Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/popest.estimates.html; County Estimate Source: Table 1: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties for Georgia: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2010 (CO-EST2009-01-13) Release Date: March 2010. Incorporated Estimate Source: Table 4: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Georgia: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (SUB-EST2009-04-13) Release Date: September 2010. [↩]
- Georgia Department of Community Affairs [↩]