County seat: Monroe
Today, Walton County boasts a population of more than 42,000. The county is centrally located midway between Atlanta and Athens, Ga. The county's seat is Monroe, which has a population of about 11,000, and is home to the refurbished county courthouse that has drawn visitors and admirers from across the South. Other cities in Walton include Loganville, one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, which is currently home to about 3,700 residents. Social Circle (3,000 residents) is known throughout the region for its stately ante-bellum homes and Blue Willow In restaurant.
Some of the communities in Walton County have very interesting names. Between, a town, was named by a postmaster because it was halfway between Monroe and Loganville. Social Circle was possibly named for the first group of settlers, who considered themselves a social circle and often passed around a jug of spirits. The largest festival in Walton County is Monroe's Crepe Myrtle Festival, held in September .
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