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Hill County was created in 1906, from Irwin and Wilcox counties, and was named
for Benjamin Harvey Hill, U.S. Senator from Georgia, a Whig leader, and a
staunch opponent of Reconstruction. To learn more about the founding of Ben Hill
County, click on the F.Y.I. link.
The Historic District on South Lee and South Main streets of Fitzgerald are
listed on the National Register, and the old railroad depot is now home to the
Blue and Gray Museum.
The county has only one incorporated city,
Fitzgerald, which was founded by
former Union soldiers on a 50,000 acre tract owned by the non-profit American
Tribune Soldiers Colony Company. The citizens of Fitzgerald, pledging unity with
their former enemies, named streets after leaders of both armies. The early
concentration of population in the city aided the county's industrial
development. The colony also founded the first public school in Georgia to offer
free books and tuition.
Ben Hill County and the City of Fitzgerald maintain nine recreational parks and
one river access park at the Ocmulgee River. These facilities offer playgrounds,
team sports, natural areas, meeting and concert shelters, and public boat ramps.
E Verify # 185315 as of January 28th, 2009
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