Elbert County in the Piedmont region between the Savannah and Broad Rivers is one of the 9th District’s smallest and reddest counties. However the Elbert County Democratic party maintains a stronghold and plays a significant role in District, state and national affairs.
Chair: Wilbert Williams
Meetings: In this non-election year (2017), Elbert County Democrats will continue to meet at the Elbert Co. Civic Center on the third Thursday at 7:00 pm. Listed are the months we will meet: January, March, May, July, September and November
Demographics: “As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,166 people, 8,063 households, and 5,604 families residing in the county. The population density was 57.4 inhabitants per square mile (22.2/km2). There were 9,583 housing units at an average density of 27.3 per square mile (10.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 65.9% white, 29.5% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 2.7% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 18.1% were American, 6.0% were Irish, 5.7% were English, and 5.5% were German. … The median income for a household in the county was $30,543 and the median income for a family was $35,550. Wikipedia – More
History: The origins of the county and its county seat, Elberton,…”date back to the decade before the American Revolution (1775-83), when settlers from Virginia and the Carolinas, following Indian trails and wilderness passes through the lower Appalachian Mountains, began to filter into the Savannah and Broad River valleys. According to local lore, in 1769 William Woodley and a small number of pioneer families were driving flocks of turkeys through the area on their way to the market in Augusta. The party camped in a hardwood valley near a beautiful spring and decided that it would be a good place to settle. After selling their goods in Augusta, the party came back to the spring and established a frontier settlement.” — Ouzts, Clay. “Elberton.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 09 September 2014. Web. 19 May 2017.
Tobacco and cotton farming sustained the economy until the late in the 19th century granite quarries were established. Today “Elbert remains primarily a rural county of agricultural fields and timberland, but its economy is firmly rooted in the granite industry. Ouzts, Clay. “Elberton.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 09 September 2014. Web. 19 May 2017.
“Elbert County has been home to many notable people. Included in these are Revolutionary War heroine Nancy Hart, who resided in southern Elbert County, and the Rev. Daniel Tucker, a popular minister and ferry operator, who may have been the inspiration for the song “Old Dan Tucker“. The county was also home to Corra Harris, author of “A Circuit Rider’s Wife,” a book that later inspired the popular movie “I’d Climb the Highest Mountain.” From Wikipedia – More