Habersham County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 15, 1818, and named for Colonel Joseph Habersham. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,041. Clarkesville is the county seat. Chartered in 1823, the county seat is named for John C. Clarke, Revolutionary War General and Governor. Since 2009, Habersham County has been represented in the Georgia House of Representatives by Republican member Rick Austin.