Douglas Georgia History
Helen Douglas Mankin of Georgia made her name nationwide by standing up for poor and disenfranchised voters in the South. When Eugene Talmadge came out of political retirement to run for re-election as governor of Georgia, he railed against the efforts of Atlanta's Negroes to send a congresswoman to Washington.
Edward stayed in North Carolina after the revolution and later emigrated to Georgia to be with his family, but not before marrying Helen Mankin.
When Douglas returned to the United States, he resumed his academic career and graduated from Atlanta Law School in 1920. In 1965, he joined the faculty of South Georgia College, where he taught history, political science, religious history, and civil rights. During his time at SGC, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Satilla Regional Library in 1977 and actively participated in archaeological research in the region, and was a member of the board of trustees until his retirement in 2009. In addition to his work in researching and promoting our understanding of local and regional history, he has also served on the board of the Satilla Regional Library.
Douglas County law enforcement is handled by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, headed by Sheriff Phil Miller, elected in 2000, and his successor, Deputy Sheriff John D. Miller (elected in 2004), who is up for re-election for a second term.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution serves readers in Douglas County, and the newspaper serving Douglas County is the only newspaper of its kind in the state. The Home Rule News was introduced in 2009 and covers Douglas County and is bound for the following counties: Douglas, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Glynn, Macon, Cobb, Grady, Hartsfield-Jackson and Fulton.
Douglas County is located in the Georgia region of Piedmont, which varies in altitude as it is at the end of the Georgia Mountain Range, the highest mountain range in the state of Georgia. The highest elevation in Douglas County is an average of 5,743 feet above sea level, the lowest at 1,073 feet.
Douglas is a small community in the Piedmont region of Georgia, in the southeastern United States. The county has experienced severe storms and tornadoes and suffered one of the worst droughts in the area's history, which caused a complete irrigation ban and led to some of the largest wildfires in Georgia's history.
Most of these events were nothing more than troop movements on both sides, but the war affected Douglas County citizens, as Confederate and Union soldiers lived in the countryside and took private property for their own use when needed. The war also had an impact on Douglas County residents, such as the removal of Confederate soldiers from their homes and the Confederate Army, the confiscation of their property and the removal of private land for use by the Union Army. But it also affected Douglas County residents in other ways, by taking them away from the land they owned by Confederate or Union soldiers.
In 1870, the Legislature created Douglas County from parts of Cobb, Campbell and Carroll counties and downsized the county so that it could take two days to get to the county town.
However, both sides agreed to postpone further measures until it is clear that the road is now built and ready for construction. The next train to pass through Douglas was the Southern Pine Company, which built a small railway from Nicholls to Douglas in 1898. In 1860, the Georgia and Western Railroad surveyed and bought land between Douglas and Birmingham on the west side of the Mississippi, south of what is now Douglas.
Much of this history is presented in the Heritage Station Museum at the Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Douglas, Florida. The collection also houses records and microfilms, including editions of Douglas Sentinel newspapers from the early 20th century. Among the items in this collection is the oldest will in Douglas County, a book by John W. Boggs titled "Douglas County: A History of the County." In its place will be the "Douglas Counties" and "Celebrating Douglas" compiled by Joe Baggett, as well as many other pieces from the collection.
The collection includes maps, including a map of what is now Douglas, which was once part of former Campbell County, and an 18th-century map of Douglas County, as well as maps and information about the county's history. Visit the Douglas Georgia History Museum at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia in Atlanta, which has a collection of more than 1,000 books, maps, photos and other items. It contains a large number of books on the history and history of South Georgia and the State of Florida, including the collections "Douglas County: A History" and "Celebrating Douglas" of the Georgia Historical Society.
The Special Collections Room contains publications compiled by the Douglas County Genealogy Society and is used for genealogy and historical research. There is a large collection of embroidery donated by Margaret Rowe McMichen to the Douglas County Public Library, which shows the history of Douglas County and has always been of interest to many residents and visitors to the county, as well as local historians. One of Douglas's best-known works is the restored 1950s cinema at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia in Atlanta.