Pierce County is nestled in southeast Georgia and provides residents with a beautiful rural atmosphere year round. It is located just an hour and a half away from Jacksonville and Savannah and a little more than an hour west of the magnificent Golden Isles of Georgia. The Alabaha River takes a winding course through the county, creating wonderful fishing and outdoor entertainment opportunities. Much of the county is also bordered by the scenic Satilla River. There are also two golf courses in the county for those who enjoy a day on the links.
Our peaceful small-town atmosphere offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, and the sense of community is as old and strong as the land itself. Pierce County Schools has three community elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The school system is nationally recognized for high achievement. Whether you are looking for a scenic place to visit, a hometown in which to raise a family, or a willing community in which to locate a business, you are welcome in our county.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 343 square miles, of which 316 square miles is land and 27 square miles (7.8%) is water.
Cities: Blackshear, Offerman, Patterson
Pierce County, established in 1857 and named for President Franklin Pierce, grew out of Appling and Ware counties' lands. The county seat, Blackshear, bears the name of General David Blackshear who supervised construction of the Blackshear Road. Patterson was named after William Patterson who resettled in the county from New York. He ran a sawmill in the area.
The Marion Anderson Library Black Heritage Collection in Blackshear contains about 300 volumes and oil paintings addressing African-American heritage. This is the largest publicly accessible collection of this type in the region.
Pierce County shares the Little Satilla Wildlife Management Area with Wayne County to the east.