Franklin County in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in northeast Georgia is another of the 9th District’s primarily rural counties which are politically dominated by the Republican Party. However there is an active Democratic presence in the Franklin County Democratic Party.
Chair: Claude Black
Meetings: 3rd Mon., 6:00 dinner, meeting 7:00 pm, Shoney Restaurant, Lavonia
Demographics: 2010 census As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 22,084 people, 8,540 households, and 5,979 families residing in the county.The population density was 84.5 inhabitants per square mile (32.6/km2). There were 10,553 housing units at an average density of 40.4 per square mile (15.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.3% white, 8.4% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.6% were American, 9.7% were Irish, 9.7% were English, and 8.0% were German …… The median income for a household in the county was $36,739 and the median income for a family was $44,667.. ” From Wikipedia – More
History: “Franklin was the first county established in the state after the American Revolution (1775-83). William Bartram traveled through part of present-day Franklin County in 1773. At that time members of the Lower Cherokee Indian tribe lived there.The terrain of the county originally consisted mainly of oak-hickory forests. The early settlers cleared large tracts for agriculture, and for 200 years much of the land was devoted to cotton, corn, sorghum, and more recently, livestock.
Some of it is now reverting to old-field succession, which, if uninterrupted, will culminate in broadleaf deciduous forest. Livestock production constitutes an overwhelming majority of the agricultural output of the county; the Franklin County Livestock Market in Carnesville is the largest in the state. The Cromer’s Mill covered bridge was built in 1906 and still stands, though it is no longer used for motor traffic
Franklin County is home to the cities of Royston, Canon, Lavonia, Franklin Springs, and the county seat of Carnesville.
Rowe, Sharon C. “Franklin County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 07 December 2016. Web. 19 May 2017. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/counties-cities-neighborhoods/franklin-county