Commemorating 200 years of Walton County History

On Dec. 15, 1818, Walton County officially became the place we now call home. Named for Georgia Walton, one of the three men from Georgia who signed the United States Declaration of Independence, on that date the boundaries had been drawn and the story of Walton County began taking shape.

So next year, we’re in for a big celebration – 200 years of Walton County history and progress. In honor of Walton County’s Bicentennial, there will be year-long events honoring the County’s history and leading up to the anniversary of its official creation by an Act of the Georgia Legislature.

To pay tribute to this historic occasion, Walton Living Magazine will be publishing a special Commemorative issue at the beginning of the year celebrating the County’s history from its beginning through those first 200 years. We will be sharing stories and photos that highlight its early beginnings, the people and events that shaped its progress and how far it has come since that December day in 1818 when it all began.

Walton County Historic Courthouse, 1919. Photo courtesy of Larry Witcher

We will be working with the historical societies and families who have roots firmly planted in the community. If you have stories or photos to share that you feel will enhance this publication, please contact Sharon Swanepoel at We are very excited about being able to offer a prestigious magazine that will honor this community in which we all now share a common historical bond.

If you would like to know about advertising opportunities in the magazine, please contact Melanie Ann Jackson at

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