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A Brief History This region was laid out from Baldwin County in 1807. This region was named for General Israel Putnam of Connecticut, Massachusetts, one of the most noted patriots of the Revolutionary War. The new county lay in the heart of Georgia’s Piedmont region and was part of the lands ceded by the Creek Indians in 1802 and 1805. The new county filled quickly with land-hungry settlers, and had a total population of 15,475 by 1820—the total population  in 2000 was 18,812.

1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, was also born here. Her novel “The Color Purple” was later made into a hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Another famous person who originated is S. Truett Cathy. Truett Cathy was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chick-fil-a, Inc. Truett Cathy opened his first Chick-fil-a restaurant in 1967 and now there are approximately 975 restaurants.

It is home to Rock Eagle 4-H Center. The Rock Eagle Mound is 102 feet long and 120 feet wide. The mound is believed to have been built by Native Americans over 2,000 years ago. The mound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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