"Rural Central Georgia Town" Eatonton by TexasDave

Eatonton Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 24 photos

Eatonton is the county seat of Putnam County, which was named for General Israel Putnam of Connecticut, Mass., one of the most noted patriots of the Revolutionary War. The new county lay in the heart of Georgia’s Piedmont region and was part of the lands ceded by the Creek Indians in 1802 and 1805. The new county filled quickly with land-hungry settlers, and had a total population of 15,475 by 1820---the total population of Putnam County in 2000 was 18,812.

Putnam County is the birthplace of Joel Chandler Harris (1848), who created the world famous “Uncle Remus” folklore tales. These folklore tales were his most famous masterpieces. Who can forget those wonderful characters like Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox.

1983 Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, was also born in Putnam County. Her novel “The Color Purple” was later made into a hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Another famous person who originated from Putnam County is S. Truett Cathy. Truett Cathy is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-a, Inc. Truett Cathy opened his first Chick-fil-a restaurant in 1967 and now there are approximately 975 restaurants.

  • Last visit to Eatonton: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2009
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