Walton County was created by the Lottery Act of 1818 and officially organized in 1819. The county is named after George Walton, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. The county is the birthplace of seven Georgia governors. The City of Monroe is the county seat. Named after President James Monroe, Monroe is nicknamed the “City of Governors” because four of the seven governors from Walton County were born here.
The past is present every day in Walton County. There are several historic districts and sites located throughout the area. Over 50 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors should not miss seeing the Davis-Edwards House, McDaniel-Tichenor House and the William Harris Homestead in Monroe. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle is dedicated to the preservation of the past and is well worth visiting.