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Banks County
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150 Hudson Ridge Road
Homer, Georgia 30547

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Banks County, established in 1858, carved itself from tracts of Habersham and Franklin counties' lands. Since the Treaty of Augusta in 1783, the county's territory had bordered the Cherokee Indian Nation, and so, fittingly, the county honors a circuit-riding physician, Dr. Richard Banks of Gainesville, who treated not only settlers of the area but their Cherokee neighbors when smallpox struck. Homer is the county seat.

Banks County's success grew from agriculture, and the area is still graced with successful agribusiness enterprises.  While we have worked to preserve historic buildings and abundant natural resources for future generations to enjoy, we are not afraid of modernization.  Homer, the county seat, boasts Chimney Oaks Championship Golf Course, host of the 2008 Georgia Open.  Restaurants and shopping abound at the retail outlet Banks Crossing.  We also boast of year-round excitement of the Atlanta Dragway and Funopolis Family Fun Center.  

World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt:  Homer is among the earliest to hold the world record for an Easter egg hunt – 80,000 eggs, listed in the 1985 Guinness Book of World Records. The event in the small town of 1,100 people is an Easter Sunday tradition that lasted 47 years. The egg hunt each year would draw about 5,000 egg hunters, children and adults. The last hunt was in 2010.

School System Awards:  In 2011, Banks County Elementary School was a state Platinum Award winner for showing some of the greatest gains in the state in the percentage of students meeting the state’s minimum standards on the statewide Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.  In 2012 Banks County Schools Superintendent Chris Erwin was named the State School Superintendent of the Year.

Banks County Comprehensive Plan 2008-2018


  Press Releases and Media Coverage:

Banks County Recreation Department Plans Windmill Park Opening Day Festivities - March 2017
Banks Implements Notification System - February 2017
80 New Jobs Created in Banks County by Diana Foods - January 2017
Breaking Ground for the New Windmill Park Sports Complex! - July 14, 2015
Banks County approves $3.2M recreation complex - June 2015
New Jobs Coming to Banks County!! - March 2015
McCrackin wins third straight AAA State Wrestling title - February 2015
Banks County takes action to name bridge for educator, volunteer - February 2015
Banks County approves data system purchase to link Public Safety - December 2014
New Jobs Coming to Banks County!! - December 2014
Banks County One Step Closer to Solar Energy Facility - October 2014
Banks Co. completes phase one of Hudson River Business Park - October 2014
Commissioners, Clerks recognized for serving Banks County - October 2014

Banks County Photography:
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Filmed in Banks County:
Banks County is a Georgia Camara Ready Community who has had the privilege of hosting a number of productions.
Video Gallery:
Banks County has a true sense of community that is highlighted in our videos. 

Banks County Leopards - Fox 5 Team of the Week - November 2016
Solar Energy Facility Complete - August 2015
After months of construction, Banks County has first solar energy facility complete thanks to Creative Solar USA.

Banks County Leopards - Fox 5 Team of the Week

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