Forsyth County

Forsyth County was named for John Forsyth, the governor of Georgia from 1827 to 1829.

Forsyth County was a prosperous gold mining area during the mid 1800’s  gold mining. The Federal Road also ran through the county, leading settlers to open numerous roadside inns and taverns. Cumming, the county seat, was incorporated in 1834.

Tyson Foods has maintained a poultry processing plant in downtown Cumming since the 1950s, helping in the Counties economic growth.

Forsyth County draws many visitors interested in outdoor recreation especially as 30% of Lake Laniers shoreline lies in Forsyth, making it a popular destination for boating, camping, and fishing enthusiasts.

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department maintains over 15 parks in the county including Sawnee Mountain Preserve, which was covered in pits and caves dug by settlers searching for gold, was opened to visitors in 2005 providing hiking trails, picnic areas, and an outdoor amphitheater. Other parks include: Central Park, Fowler Park, Pool’s Mill Covered Bridge and the Big Creek Greenway.

The Cumming Fairgrounds hosts an annual rodeo, The Cumming Country Fair, and a farmers’ market.  There is also the annual 4 July Steam Engine Parade.

Many new subdivisions with elegant houses have been constructed, several around world class golf courses.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 247.37 square miles, 21.57 square miles of which water.

As of the census of 2000, there were 98,407 people,  28,101 families residing in the county. There were 34,565 households out of which 41.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them. Forsyth County is served by Forsyth County Schools.

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