Morven, Georgia

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Morven is a city in Brooks County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was named after a mountain in Scotland. The population was 634 at the 2000 census.

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History

Around 1750, Spanish missionaries arrived in this area. Morven is the oldest community in Brooks County. The Coffee Road was opened through Morven about 1823 and Sion Hall was one of the first settlers at this time seeing an opportunity to use his sawmill and to farm. Around 1826, Hamilton Sharpe built a log store nearby and opened a post office in 1828. In the same year a campground was established named Mount Zion. The Post Office was moved in 1853 and named Morven. The South Georgia Railroad was built through Morven in 1897. The community was incorporated in 1900. A second railroad (Valdosta/Morven & Western RR) came through Morven in the 1920s. An $8,000 bond was raised in 1923 to provide a Water Works System. Electric lights came in August 1924 due to efforts of a group of women. The first paved road was from Quitman in the winter of 1948 to 1949.

Geography

Morven is located at 30°56′39″N 83°30′03″W / 30.94417°N 83.50083°W / 30.94417; -83.50083 (30.944263, -83.500796)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.57% is water.

Morven is located at the junction of State Highways 76 and 94 and is west of Interstate 75.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 634 people, 225 households, and 152 families residing in the city. The population density was 366.0 people per square mile (141.5/km²). There were 250 housing units at an average density of 144.3/sq mi (55.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 41.48% White, 52.05% African American, 0.16% Native American, 6.31% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.41% of the population.

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