Eatonton is a city in Putnam County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,480. The city is the county seat of Putnam County. It was named after William Eaton, an officer and diplomat involved in the First Barbary War. The name consists of hissurname with the English suffix "ton", meaning "town".
Putnam County Courthouse in Eatonton
Location in Putnam County and the state of Georgia
The Rock Eagle Effigy Mound, a Native American archaeological site, is located adjacent toGeorgia 4-H's Rock Eagle 4-H Center north of the city. Rock Hawk Effigy Mound is located just to the east. They are the only such sites discovered in Georgia east of the Mississippi River, and were made by the Mississippian peoples who inhabited the area 900-1500 A.D.
Eatonton was founded in 1807 as the seat of newly formed Putnam County. Eatonton was incorporated as a town in 1809 and as a city in 1879.
Eatonton is known as the "Dairy Capital of Georgia" (in honor of its major industry, dairy farming).
Eatonton is located at (33.326302, -83.387798).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.7 square miles (54 km2). 20.6 square miles (53 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.63%) is water.
The Putnam County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of one primary school, an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school. The district has 165 full-time teachers and over 2,474 students.