Bryan County, Georgia

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Bryan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 23,417. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 30,132.[1] The county seat is Pembroke.[2]

Bryan County is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Bryan County was created on December 19, 1793, named after Jonathan Bryan (1708–1788), an American Revolutionary War partisan.

South Bryan County is home to the earthen Civil War installation Ft. McAllister (now Fort McAllister Historic Park) which Gen. William Sherman captured on his March to the Sea.

The first county seat was in Hardwick. In 1860 the seat was moved to Eden. By 1901 it was in Clyde, which may have been the same location formerly known as Eden. Clyde served as the seat to 1935; in 1937 Pembroke took on that role. The only remaining sign of Clyde is a cemetery on the Fort Stewart military reservation.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 454 square miles (1,175.9 km2), of which 442 square miles (1,144.8 km2) is land and 13 square miles (33.7 km2) (2.81%) is water.

Bryan County is unique in that it is totally divided by the military installation at Ft. Stewart. Pembroke is in more rural north Bryan, while Richmond Hill in south Bryan county is a suburb of Savannah. To travel between the two on public roads, it is necessary to leave the county.

Major highways

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