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Folkston is a city in and the county seat of Charlton County, Georgia, United States. Folkston is in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area. The population was 4,148 as of the 2010 census, up from 2,178 in 2000, largely due to the extension of the city boundary to include D. Ray James Prison.HistoryFolkston was founded on August 19, 1911. The city was named in honor of William Brandon Folks, M.D., a prominent physician and surgeon in his day. In the years 1925 - 1927, many new and commodious residences were built and several modern brick buildings were erected, including the Citizen Bank Block, the Masonic Temple building, a grammar-school building, and a courthouse. Shortly after its creation, the village of Folkston was incorporated as a town government and functioned as a town until 1911 when the area was incorporated as a city. For a number of years, Folkston was the self-proclaimed "Marriage Capital of the World;" Floridians who could not endure their state's waiting period before tying the knot would cross the state line to wed.GeographyFolkston is located near the southern boundary of Georgia at . U.S. Routes 1, 23, and 301 pass through the city as Second Street, leading south to Jacksonville, Florida. Route 1 and 23 lead northwest to Waycross, while Route 301 leads north to Jesup. The eastern entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is southwest of Folkston via GA 23 and GA 121.
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