In 1776, when Georgia became a state, government operations were handled in Savannah. There was no formal declaration of Savannah as the capital, but it is widely held that this city served as Georgia's first.
Two Great Historic Sites in Savannah:
In 1786, a commission was charged with finding a new capital within 20 miles of a few popular trading areas and on the Ogeechee River. It would be patterned after Philadelphia. By 1798, a state constitution named Louisville the "seat of government" but only for a short time due to concern about malaria outbreaks growing rapidly in the area.
It is here you’ll find the site of Georgia's first capitol building.
Two Great Historic Sites in Jefferson County:
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Atlanta began to argue for moving the capital because of its rapid growth and standing as an important railroad center. The first proposal was in 1847, but nothing came of it until after the Civil War. With a small margin vote, Atlanta was named the fifth capital in 1868. You can take a self-guided tour of the Georgia State Capitol on weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Two Great Historic Sites in Atlanta: