Thomson, Ga is the town seat in McDuffie County. Thomson was originally called Slashes, founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. It was the renamed in 1853 after railroad official John Edgar Thomson, it was then incorporated as a town in 1854, then as a city in 1870. It is also said to be home one of Georgia’s oldest documented houses with its original design intact, known as the Rock House. It is also said to be home of the Quakers, said to be ancestors of former President Jimmy Carter. The population is now 6,618 (2014 census). Thomson has total land area of 4 square miles. Thomson also has the nickname “The Camellia City of the South”, in honor of the thousands of Camellia plants throughout the city.