Blackshear is a city in Pierce County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 3,445. The city is the county seat of Pierce County. Blackshear is part of the Waycross Micropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.3 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.06%) is water.
Blackshear was founded in December 1859 as a result of military forts, roads, and bridges being built through the interior of Georgia to the coast. The city was named in honor of General David Blackshear, who authorized the construction of these roads, bridges and some 11 forts for defense. He was a Patriot in the American Revolution fighting in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge and the Battle of Buford's Bridge. He served as a general during the War of 1812. General Blackshear also served in the Georgia state legislature as Senator of Laurens County.
Pierce County School District
The Pierce County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The district has 216 full-time teachers and over 3,240 students. Four schools in the district are located in Blackshear.
- Blackshear Elementary School
- Midway Elementary School
- Pierce County Middle School
- Pierce County High School