The Towns County Democratic Party
The party is one of Georgia’s active parties. (More information to be added as it becomes available -Ed.)
Chair: Bill Jones,
Meetings 3rd Thursday of each month, Civic Center next to the Elections Board office
Communications: Mary Mahoney
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004659977960
Demographics: “As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,471 people, 4,510 households, and 2,981 families residing in the county. The population density was 62.9 inhabitants per square mile (24.3/km2). There were 7,731 housing units at an average density of 46.4 per square mile (17.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.7% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population.In terms of ancestry, 16.3% were Irish, 15.4% were German, 13.8% were English, 11.7% were American, and 8.3% were Scotch-Irish. ——— The median income for a household in the county was $39,540 and the median income for a family was $48,020.” – Wikipedia – More
History: The county was traversed by a road built upon a traditional Cherokee trading path, which ran north to south through the county, passing through Unicoi Gap. It served as a line between European-American settlers and the Cherokee until after the Indian cessions and Indian Removal in the 1830s, when it fell solely into the hands of the whites Wikipedia – More
Towns County, which borders North Carolina in northeast Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is the state’s 118th county and comprises 167 square miles. It was created in 1856 from Rabun and Union counties. Originally inhabited by Cherokee Indians, the newly formed county was named for George W. Towns, the governor of Georgia from 1847 to 1851. The first white settlers, attracted by the promise of free land, arrived after the Indian cessions of 1818 and 1819. Many of them came from the state’s coastal counties, although those who gravitated to the most remote areas of the county were farmers from the mountains of North Carolina. Cooksey, Elizabeth B. “Towns County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 29 November 2016. Web. 26 May 2017.
The primary economic focus of the county’s residents for more than a century was farming, although some gold and mineral mining occurred in the county’s east. The invention and popularization of the automobile after World War I (1917-18) prompted the state to build an east-west road, which linked Towns County to hitherto inaccessible markets. This road contributed to a boost in the commercial development of the county and eventually stimulated a tourist industry as well. Tourism has now supplanted agriculture as the major economic focus in Towns County. — Cooksey, Elizabeth B. “Towns County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 29 November 2016. Web. 26 May 2017.