- a county in the east part of Georgia, has an area of 480 square miles.
It is situated between the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers, which
respectively form its boundaries on the east and west; the former separates it from South Carolina. The
county is also drained by Ebenezer creek. The surface is level, and
partly covered with forests of pine and cypress; the soil is sandy, and,
with small exceptions, unproductive. Indian corn, rice, and sweet
potatoes are the staples. Lumber is one of the chief articles of export.
In 1850 this county produced 87,794 bushels of corn; 37,252 of sweet
potatoes, and 257,901 pounds of rice. It contained 21 churches, and 208
pupils attending public schools. It is intersected by the Central
railroad. Named in honor of Lord Effingham, a British officer who
resigned his commission rather than take arms against the American
In Colonial days, Effingham County was referred to as St. Matthews Parish, of which Ebenezer was the center. Following the Revolution, the legislature named Effingham County as one of the eight original counties in Georgia, created by the State Constitution in 1777. (The Website of Effingham County, Georgia)
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