Whether you’re a history buff, a day-off fishing enthusiast, or a lover of culture, looking for a beautiful, affordable home is a pleasure in Central Georgia’s Putnam County. Putnam County real estate features beautiful Antebellum architecture and stately homes.
Putnam County was established in 1807, and named for General Israel Putnam, a decorated patriot in the Revolutionary War. This county lies in the heart of Georgia’s Piedmont region and was once held by Creek Natives. Eatonton holds the seat of Putnam County and has enjoyed that distinction since 1808.
Putnam County has a rich storytelling history; two major American writers both called the county home. Joel Chandler Harris, who created the everlasting Bre’er Rabbit and Bre’er Fox folk tales was born here in 1848. Over a hundred years later, Alice Walker, another Putnam County native, would win the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and have her novel, “The Color Purple,” made into a film.
Putnam County also recognizes S. Truett Cathy, the founder, chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-a, Inc, and Dr. Crawford Williamson Long, who pioneered the use of anesthesia in surgical procedures.
Ten current sites in Putnam County are listed with the National Register of Historic Places, including the Eatonton Historic District, Gatewood House, Singleton House and Tompkins Inn, making the county a rich paradise for anyone who loves history.
While Putnam County’s homes hold plenty of history, one of its most interesting and famous sites is Rock Eagle, an archaeological site. Estimated to have been constructed between one and three thousand years ago, the site consists of a thousand pieces of quartzite stone laid in the mounded shape of a large bird. Rock Eagle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Putnam County School District
The Putnam County School District holds grades pre-school to grade 12. Within the district, there is one primary school, an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school. The district has 165 full-time teachers and over 2,474 students.
Gatewood School is a Putnam County private school based around the concept of Christian values. The school offers classes from pre-k through grade 12. Gatewood opened in 1970 is a member of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) and competes in 20 sports. The school has 443 students and averages 30 students per grade.
Georgia Military College and George College & State University are also both located in Putnam County.
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