Chattooga County

Chattooga County

Chattooga County

County Formed: December 28, 1838
County Seat: Summerville
Incorporated Cities: Lyerly, Menlo, Summerville and Trion
Total Area: 313.8 square miles
Current Population Estimates (2009):1

  • Chattooga County – 26,619
  • Lyerly – 516
  • Menlo – 525
  • Summerville – 4,972
  • Trion – 2,031

Community SnapshotHistory:2

Chattooga County was formed from parts of Floyd and Walker counties. It takes its name from the Chattooga River, one of two Georgia rivers bearing that name.

The county courthouse in Summerville was built in 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Points of Interest:

Much of the Armuchee Ranger District, a 65,000-acre section of the Chattahoochee National Forest, lies within the county. Taylor Ridge and Johns Mountain are two of its most prominent features. Over 6,400 acres of Johns Mountain were recently proposed as a National Scenic Area.

Some of the more popular recreational activities in the county include hiking, camping, mountain climbing and rappelling in the Lookout Mountain range, and canoeing down the Armuchee Creek. Genealogist and Civil War enthusiasts seek information from the various cemeteries and historical sites.

Chattooga Lakes Park is a new park about three miles southeast of Summerville.

Notable Citizens:

Several famous people are from Chattooga County. George Guest, known as Sequoyah, was the leader of the Cherokees and is credited with developing the Cherokee written alphabet. Ralph “Country” Brown was a popular center fielder for the Atlanta Crackers baseball team. Brown was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Bobby Lee Cook, an internationally known and respected trial lawyer, grew up in Chattooga County and has built a major international practice as a defense attorney. Finally, the Reverend Howard Finster, the internationally acclaimed Visionary Artist has his artwork featured at Paradise Gardens.

Annual Events:

Some of the festivals and special events held in Chattooga County include the Howard Finster Arts Festival in May, the Sum-Nelly Arts & Crafts Fair in October, “Trick or Treat” Downtown Commerce Street Halloween Walk in October, and the Antique Car Show held every June.

Additional Resources:

  1. Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau; 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. []
  2. Georgia Department of Community Affiars []