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Eatonton, Georgia
Putnam County Courthouse in Eatonton
Putnam County Courthouse in Eatonton
Location in Putnam County and the state of Georgia
Location in Putnam County and the state of Georgia
Eatonton, Georgia is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Eatonton, Georgia
Eatonton, Georgia
Location in Georgia (U.S. state)
Eatonton, Georgia is located in the United States
Eatonton, Georgia
Eatonton, Georgia
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Georgia
County Putnam
 • Total 20.61 sq mi (53.38 km2)
 • Land 20.51 sq mi (53.12 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
568 ft (173 m)
 • Total 6,307
 • Density 307.52/sq mi (118.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-26084
GNIS feature ID 0331628
Website City of Eatonton
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Eatonton's statue of Br'er Rabbit

Eatonton is a city in and county seat of Putnam County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 6,307. It was named after William Eaton, an officer and diplomat involved in the First Barbary War. The name consists of his surname with the English suffix "ton," meaning "town".


The Rock Eagle Effigy Mound, a Native American archaeological site, is located north of the city. It is one of two such sites east of the Mississippi River; both are in Putnam County. The mound and related earthwork constructions were made by Woodland culture peoples, perhaps as long ago as 1,000 to 3,000 years. The site within a 1500-acre park administered by the University of Georgia, which also maintains a 4-H camp nearby. The Mound has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Following the American Revolutionary War, Eatonton was founded in 1807 as the seat of newly formed Putnam County. After the war, settlers were moving west and settling in the upland Piedmont region to develop cotton plantations. Eatonton was incorporated as a town in 1809 and as a city in 1879.

In the 21st century, Eatonton is known as the "Dairy Capital of Georgia" (in honor of its major industry, dairy farming).


Eatonton is located at 33°19′35″N 83°23′16″W / 33.32639°N 83.38778°W / 33.32639; -83.38778 (33.326302, -83.387798).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.7 square miles (54 km2). 20.6 square miles (53 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.63%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 516
1860 2,009
1870 1,240 −38.3%
1880 1,371 10.6%
1890 1,682 22.7%
1900 1,823 8.4%
1910 2,036 11.7%
1920 2,519 23.7%
1930 1,876 −25.5%
1940 2,399 27.9%
1950 2,749 14.6%
1960 3,612 31.4%
1970 4,125 14.2%
1980 4,833 17.2%
1990 4,737 −2.0%
2000 6,764 42.8%
2010 6,480 −4.2%
2020 6,307 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Eatonton racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,976 31.33%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,553 56.33%
Native American 10 0.16%
Asian 26 0.41%
Other/Mixed 158 2.51%
Hispanic or Latino 584 9.26%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,307 people, 2,559 households, and 1,756 families residing in the city.


On November 22, 1992, an F4 tornado with winds up to 260 mph hit the south portions of the city. The storm caused $27,000,000 in damages to houses and businesses. The tornado took five lives and injured 86 persons.


Schools in the area

The Putnam County School District holds grades Headstart to grade twelve, and consists of one primary school, an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school. The district has 165 full-time teachers and more than 2,474 students. Gatewood Schools, a private Christian school in the area serves children in grades K3-12.

  • Gatewood Schools (K3-12)
  • Putnam County Primary School
  • Putnam County Elementary School
  • Putnam County Middle School
  • Putnam County High School
  • Putnam County Achievement Academy

Notable people

Dwight York, American cult leader and founder of the Nuwaubian Nation, currently imprisoned at ADX Florence.

The city is the birthplace of several noted writers, such as Joel Chandler Harris (journalist and author of the Uncle Remus stories), 19th century poet Louise Prudden Hunt (Mrs. B. W. Hunt), Henry Grady Weaver, author of The Mainspring of Human Progress, and Alice Walker, author of the novel The Color Purple and other fiction.

Artist and leading scholar, curator, and promoter of African American art David Driskell was a native of Eatonton.

S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant and franchise, is a native of the town.

Thomas Adiel Sherwood, Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court from 1873 to 1902, was born there.

See also

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