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A Brief History of Dodge County, Georgia


Dodge County was created on Oct. 26, 1870 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1870, p. 18). Formed from portions of Montgomery, Pulaski, and Telfair counties, Dodge County's original boundaries were defined as:

That there shall be a new county laid out and formed of the thirteenth, (13th) fourteenth, (14th) fifteenth, (15th) sixteenth, (16th) nineteenth (19th) and twentieth (20th) land districts of originally Wilkinson county, (except that portion of said land districts numbers thirteen, (13) sixteen (16) and nineteen (19) which now lie in and constitute a part of Laurens county) now forming parts of the counties of Pulaski, Telfair and Montgomery; that said new county shall be called the county of Dodge. . . .

Dodge County's borders with Pulaski and Telfair counties were adjusted in 1872, 1874, 1875, and 1876.

Georgia's 136th county was named for former New York congressman and industrialist William Dodge (1805-1883). After the Civil War, Dodge served one term in Congress and then began purchasing large amounts of land in the area that would become Dodge County. Here, he established a number of lumber mills and is credited as one of the pioneers of Georgia's timber industry.

County Seat: The act creating Dodge County directed that its county seat would be station No. 13 on the Macon & Brunswick Railroad, which the act also recognized as being known as Eastman. The community that would eventually become Eastman was first settled around 1840. When the route of the Macon & Brunswick Railroad came through after the Civil War, the settlement became a train depot known as Station No. 13. In 1870, the town was named for William P. Eastman, a business associate of William Dodge who settled here that year. Eastman was incorporated on Oct. 27, 1870 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1870, p. 187).

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