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Statistics & Facts

The Georgia state capital is Atlanta.
The population of Willacoochee is approximately 1,434 (2000), 1391 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 655 (2000), 512 (2010).
The amount of land area in Willacoochee is 8.228 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Willacoochee to Washington DC is 629 miles.
The distance to the Georgia state capital is 186 miles. (as the crow flies)
Willacoochee is positioned 31.34 degrees north of the equator and 83.04 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in south-central Georgia along highway 82, 28 miles East of Tifton, 17 miles Southwest of Douglas, 47 miles Northeast of Valdosta and 42 miles West of Waycross
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History & History Related Items

Willacoochee is a very old town, you can find Willacoochee on 1700's maps, but as old as the town may be Willacoochee was incorporated in 1889. Willacoochee is 114 years old (2003) making Willacooochee a centenial city.

Willacoochee was the first town chartered in the area that was to be known later as Atkinson County. An act of the legislature on November 12, 1889, set the limits of the town as one-half mile each way from the Brunswick and Western Railroad depot in said town.

Willacoochee is an Indian name generally believed to mean Home of the Wildcat. Prior to being known as Willacoochee, the town was named Danielsville after a family residing there.

The first known Mayor was Dr. Jefferson Wilcox in 1891. Jefferson Wilcox was the first native Coffee Countian to receive a degree of Doctor of Medicine. (At this time, Willacoochee was still located in Coffee County.) He graduated from the Southern Medical College in Atlanta in 1883, second in a class of thirty-seven. On December 1, 1888, he located in Willacoochee and began practicing medicine. During the Spanish-American War, Dr. Wilcox formed a company of volunteers to fight Cuba; he served as Captain of the group.

The first permanent settlers in Willacoochee included the families of Elijah Paulk, D.E. Gaskins, Aaron Moore, Henry Peterson, and B.F. Summerlin. B.F. Summerlin constructed a large, wooden two-story hotel and served meals for .25 cents. He maintained a stable of good horses, with buggies and drivers that were available for hire by the traveling public.

The first three-story brick building in the county (at that time it was still Coffee County) was built about 1905-06 in Willacoochee by B.B. Gray as an office building. The top floor was utilized as the Masonic Lodge and the other two floors were available for rent as office space. The Willacoochee Times, a local newspaper edited by a Mr. Garrett, was started about 1910 and it operated under various other names before publication was ceased in the 1930s.

During the 1930s, sand was mined from the banks of the Alapaha River located about two miles south of Willacoochee. The sand was shipped throughout Georgia and Florida to be used at various construction sites in these states.

In the 1960s, the largest industry in Atkinson County was McCranie Brothers Wood Preserving located on the east side of Willacoochee along highway 82. The original plant started in 1947 as a small operation for the treating of posts and poles with creosote by the vat method. The plant was expanded in 1958 to a pressure treating creosote plant and pulpwood purchasing yard. The operation supplied over a million dollars in yearly income to this area.

With the Alapaha River bordering the south side of the City and the Willacoochee River on the west side, Willacoochee has always been a prime area for hunting and fishing.

Agriculture and agri-business was the primary industry in Willacoochee until the 1990s. The four-laning of U.S. Highway 82, which bisects the City of Willacoochee, transformed this corridor into a major connection between Interstates 75 and 95 thus jump-starting the City's industrial development. Over the past decade, Willacoochee has experienced tremendous growth in industry.

Willacoochee was part of Coffee County from November 1889 to August 1917. It became part of Atkinson County on August 1917 and continues as such.
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Old Fashion Day
Held the the first Saturday in July each year. The Friday night before, a street dance is held from 8 pm to midnight. If you would like to set up a booth, you need to contact the mayor. It is free of charge to get into the festival

The McCranie Turpintine Still is a local historical site.
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Willacoochee City Government

City of Willacoochee
P.O. Box 508
Willacoochee, Georgia 31650
Phone: 912-534-5152
Fax: 912-534-5848

Willacoochee Chamber

Willacoochee Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 912-534-5777

Willacoochee Organizations

Willacoochee Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 912-534-5777

Willacoochee Libraries

Willacoochee Public Library
Fleetwood Drive
Phone: 912-534-5252

Willacoochee Schools

Atkinson County Schools
506 East Roberts Ave.
Pearson, GA 31642
Phone: 912-422-7373
Fax: 912-422-7369

Willacoochee Elementary School
338 South Vickers Street
Office: 912-534-5302
Counselor's Office: 912-534-5480
Lunchroom: 912-534-5638 or 912-534-5666
Media Center: 912-534-5916
Nurse: 912-534-5979

Willacoochee Pre-School
Perkins Street

Willacoochee Headstart
Perkins Street Willacoochee


The population of Willacoochee was:
1960 - 1,061
1970 - 1,120
1980 - 1,166
1990 - 1,205
2000 - 1,434
2010 - 2100 (projected)

The only city that I know of in Georgia that has a river, and a road named after it is Willacoochee. (The Willacoochee River, Willacoochee City, and Willacoochee Road)
Submitted by Debra

Willacoochee has a nickname of "coochee"

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