Welcome to the Claxton-Evans County 
                             Chamber of Commerce
                        Our History 
Evans County
The county was established from the counties of Bulloch and Tattnall on August 11, 1914, by Act of the Georgia General Assembly. The county was named for General Clement Anselm Evans, a lawyer who graduated from the Law School of Augusta, Georgia. He was in the Georgia State Senate in 1859, and served in the Confederate Army through the War Between The States. He was acting Brigadier Major-General in the Army of Northern Virginia at the time of Lee’s surrender. He was an author as well as an eminent Methodist minister. 
Evans County Courthouse
Our Courthouse, located on Highway 280 West, was completed in 1923. Though it was the very first courthouse constructed in 1914, it was  the tallest and most distinguished building in town, located on Railroad Street. This building still stands today. 

Claxton
County seat of Evans County contained two widely separate dwellings when the old Savannah and Western Railroad reached what is now the town in May of 1890. An application was made to the United States Post Office Department for the town of "Hendricks". This was refused as another town was using the name, but upon the suggestion of L.A. Tippins, the Department granted a permit for a post office to be named Claxton. It is said that the town was named after Mr. Philander Priestly Claxton, a noted educator. 

Daisy
Daisy is located about three miles from the eastern boundary of the county. This town was named for Mrs. Daisy Edwards Miller and it is crossed by US Highways 280 and 250. This is a thriving farming section of Evans County. The downtown area off Railroad St. is lined with beautiful antebellum homes. The history has been preserved with historical store fronts on a block consisting of Daisy’s Fire Department, Post Office and Town Hall. Daisy also restored a train car which is parked in the downtown area next to the railroad tracks.

Daisy Post Office
Established 1890. 

Hagan
This town was named for Mrs. Susannah Hagan Smith around 1890 when the railroad came through the county. At one time it was the home of a highly reputed boarding school. Perkins Mill was established in this community which employed a large number of citizens. It's closing in 1910 had a harmful effect upon the development of the city; however, today, Hagan is  a thriving community with major developments in residential and business districts. 

Bellville
Like our other towns, Bellville was founded with the coming of the railroad in 1890 and drew its life from the subsequent development of naval stores, lumbering and farming.

The town name, Bellville, was named for James Bell Smith's mother, Miss Fannie Bell, of an early Irish family, who married James Smith, Esq. Together they built a home which still stands on the south side of Highway 280, just below the Smith Cemetary on Highway 169.

Bellville was not incorporated until March, 1959. Its affairs have always been well ordered by the citizens, and it has lived up to its name of being an exceptionally beautiful, quiet and clean community.
Claxton Middle School
The first brick building to be constructed in the county is the present two-story Middle School building which faces Main Street in Claxton. It also has the distinction of being the first school to be financed with bonds voted by the people. Erected in 1921-1922 at a cost of $45,000, this project was carried forward under the leadership of the Board of Trustees of the Claxton Local School District. At the time of its construction all school children, grades one through eleven, were housed in this building as well as high school boys and girls in the county who chose to attend the Claxton school. 

Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce
Our office is conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 280 and 301. The chamber building has been noted as the first brick home built in Claxton in the early 1940s. The original design of the building remains the same, boasting of 4 fireplaces, pantry, sunroom, twelve-feet ceilings, original door and window casings, french door, as well as 4 feet wall chimes. The ambience of this building makes for a most enjoyable place to work or visit. 
First Female Sheriff in Georgia
Miss Josie Mae Rogers of Evans County was the first elected woman Sheriff in Georgia and possibly the nation. She was sworn in on June 24, 1940 to fill in the unexpired term of her father Jessie C. Durrence. It was noted that she carried her Smith & Wesson in her purse and not on her hip because she wasn’t interested in dramatics. 



Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce
Our office is conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 280 and 301. The chamber building has been noted as the first brick home built in Claxton in the early 1940s. The original design of the building remains the same, boasting of 4 fireplaces, pantry, sunroom, twelve-feet ceilings, original door and window casings, french door, as well as 4 feet wall chimes. The ambience of this building makes for a most enjoyable place to work or visit. 
Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce

Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce
Our office is conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 280 and 301. The chamber building has been noted as the first brick home built in Claxton in the early 1940s. The original design of the building remains the same, boasting of 4 fireplaces, pantry, sunroom, twelve-feet ceilings, original door and window casings, french door, as well as 4 feet wall chimes. The ambience of this building makes for a most enjoyable place to work or visit. 



Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce
Our office is conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 280 and 301. The chamber building has been noted as the first brick home built in Claxton in the early 1940s. The original design of the building remains the same, boasting of 4 fireplaces, pantry, sunroom, twelve-feet ceilings, original door and window casings, french door, as well as 4 feet wall chimes. The ambience of this building makes for a most enjoyable place to work or visit. 

Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce
Our office is conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 280 and 301. The chamber building has been noted as the first brick home built in Claxton in the early 1940s. The original design of the building remains the same, boasting of 4 fireplaces, pantry, sunroom, twelve-feet ceilings, original door and window casings, french door, as well as 4 feet wall chimes. The ambience of this building makes for a most enjoyable place to work or visit. 
Newspaper
The Claxton Enterprise was established in 1912, and in December of 1912 the first issue was published, with C.T. Clark as editor. 



Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce
Our office is conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 280 and 301. The chamber building has been noted as the first brick home built in Claxton in the early 1940s. The original design of the building remains the same, boasting of 4 fireplaces, pantry, sunroom, twelve-feet ceilings, original door and window casings, french door, as well as 4 feet wall chimes. The ambience of this building makes for a most enjoyable place to work or visit. 

First Female Sheriff in Georgia
Miss Josie Mae Rogers of Evans County was the first elected woman Sheriff in Georgia and possibly the nation. She was sworn in on June 24, 1940 to fill in the unexpired term of her father Jessie C. Durrence. It was noted that she carried her Smith & Wesson in her purse and not on her hip because she wasn’t interested in dramatics. 

Births
The first person born in Evans County was Mrs. Joel C. Wall. She was Myrtle Futch, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Herman Futch of Antioch Community. 
                             Utilities
Electricity was brought to Claxton in 1913, 
then later in 1939 was brought to the rural 
areas. The first telephone system started
 in 1904 by Dan A. Kennedy
The above information was gathered from "A History of Evans County", published by the Evans County Historical Society. These books, among others, are available for purchase at our Chamber office


Evans County Courthouse
Our Courthouse, located on Highway 280 West, was completed in 1923. Though it was the very first courthouse constructed in 1914, it was  the tallest and most distinguished building in town, located on Railroad Street. This building still stands today. 


Evans County Courthouse
Our Courthouse, located on Highway 280 West, was completed in 1923. Though it was the very first courthouse constructed in 1914, it was  the tallest and most distinguished building in town, located on Railroad Street. This building still stands today.