Walton County Government

About Walton County

WALTON COUNTY FACTS: 2010 population 83,768. Walton County provides emergency ambulance service, fire protection, parks, community centers, recreation programs for all ages, recycling centers, planning, zoning, code enforcement, animal control and county water.  Regular monthly Commission Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month.

Walton County, forty-five miles east of Atlanta in Georgia's Piedmont region, is the state's forty-sixth county. Comprising 329 square miles, it was created by the Lottery Act of 1818 from land originally held by both the Cherokee and Creek Indians and was named for George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and briefly a Georgia governor.

The county seat is Monroe, where the current county courthouse was opened in 2005.  The historic county courthouse (the third) was built in 1883; since that time the structure has undergone major restorations and additions. Walton County has been home to seven Georgia governors: James Boynton, Howell Cobb, Alfred Colquitt, Wilson Lumpkin, Henry McDaniel, Richard Russell, Jr. and Clifford Walker. Also from Walton County was Moina B. Michael, known as the "Poppy Lady." She developed the symbol of the red Flanders Field Poppy as a memorial emblem for the veterans of wars.