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Franklin, Georgia
The old Heard County gas station was built in 1938 and features a vintage, hand-painted Coca-Cola advertisement.
The old Heard County gas station was built in 1938 and features a vintage, hand-painted Coca-Cola advertisement.
Location in Heard County and the state of Georgia
Location in Heard County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Heard
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Area
 • Total 3.35 sq mi (8.68 km2)
 • Land 3.21 sq mi (8.31 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation
663 ft (202 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 950
 • Density 295.95/sq mi (114.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30217
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-31292
GNIS feature ID 0314347

Franklin is a village in Heard County, Georgia, United States. The population was 993 at the 2010 census, up from 902 at the 2000 census. Franklin is the county seat of Heard County. The city is named after Benjamin Franklin.

History

Franklin was settled in 1770. Franklin was designated seat of the newly formed Heard County in 1831.

Geography

Franklin is located at 33°16′47″N 85°05′54″W / 33.279788°N 85.098403°W / 33.279788; -85.098403.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (4.13%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 269
1890 250 −7.1%
1900 218 −12.8%
1910 340 56.0%
1920 317 −6.8%
1930 312 −1.6%
1940 390 25.0%
1950 425 9.0%
1960 603 41.9%
1970 749 24.2%
1980 711 −5.1%
1990 876 23.2%
2000 902 3.0%
2010 993 10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Franklin racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 625 65.79%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 217 22.84%
Native American 3 0.32%
Asian 20 2.11%
Other/Mixed 64 6.74%
Hispanic or Latino 21 2.21%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 950 people, 421 households, and 215 families residing in the city.

Old Heard County Jail

Heard County Jail (Franklin, Georgia)
Old Heard County Jail in 2012

Pauly Jail Company of Alabama built the jail in 1912 for $7,500, using plans by Manly Jail Works of Dalton, Georgia. It replaced an older jail built in 1880 that had become unfit. The jail housed up to 16 prisoners upstairs. The Heard County Sheriff (there were eight sheriffs from 1912–1964) and his family lived downstairs. In the 1930s, two prisoners cut the window bars and escaped. Death row prisoners were held here, but the jail's gallows were never used. In 1964, a new county jail opened on the Franklin Square and the old jail closed.

The jail was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 1981. In 1987 it was completely restored by the Heard County Historical Society. It now serves as a museum and historical center.

Gallery


Education

Heard County School District

The Heard County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 132 full-time teachers and over 2,278 students.

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