• Marker Monday: Bethesda: It’s Founding

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the founding of Bethesda Orphan House and Academy, the predecessor of today’s Bethesda Academy in Savannah. In the years following Georgia’s founding, ongoing outbreaks of disease left the colony unable to care for the growing number of orphans. After arriving in Georgia in 1738, Rev. George Whitefield set out to open […]

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  • United Distributors Historical Marker Dedication

    Marker Monday: United Distributors

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights United Distributors, a beverage distribution company, headquartered in Smyrna, Georgia. Following the repeal of prohibition in 1933, it fell to each state to establish its own laws and regulations regarding alcohol sales, distribution, and consumption. In March 1935, prohibition officially ended in Georgia when Governor Eugene Talmadge signed the Alcoholic Beverage […]

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  • Marker Monday: Elizabeth Evelyn Wright

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the life of Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, pioneering educator and founder of Voorhees College. In 1872, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright was born in Talbotton, Georgia, the seventh of 21 children to John Wesley Wright and his wife, Virginia Rolfe. Growing up, Wright attended school at St. Phillips African Methodist Episcopal Church. At 16 […]

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  • Marker Monday: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights Savannah’s Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. In 1930, Leroy “Roy” Grumman and Leon Swirbul began an aeronautical engineering company in an old auto showroom garage in Long Island, New York. Named for Grumman, chief investor and the company’s first president, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Company’s sole market was the military. During World War II, […]

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  • Marker Monday: Savannah Irish and Robert Emmet Park

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights Savannah’s Robert Emmet Park and its connections to the city’s Irish community. Today, Savannah is known for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, with the first St. Patrick Day parade held in 1813. The first Irish migrants, mostly Irish protestants, began arriving in Georgia shortly after the founding of the colony. In […]

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  • Mulberry Grove Plantation

    Marker Monday: Mulberry Grove Plantation

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights Mulberry Grove plantation, situated a few miles south of present day Port Wentworth, Georgia, and its early colonial history. To ensure the safety and protection of his new colony, Oglethorpe designated a military outpost a few miles outside of Savannah, called Joseph’s Town. The outpost was once home to the Scottish […]

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  • Marker Monday: Johnson Square

    To highlight this year’s Georgia History Festival theme, “A Legacy of Leadership,” February’s #MarkerMondays explore the history of the colony of Georgia and its first city, Savannah. This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights Johnson Square, the first and largest square in Savannah. When General James Edward Oglethorpe and the first colonists landed at Yamacraw Bluff, the group […]

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  • Savannah: Colonial Capital

    Marker Monday: Savannah: Colonial Capital and Birthplace of Representative Government in Georgia

    To highlight this year’s Georgia History Festival theme, “A Legacy of Leadership,” February’s #MarkerMondays explore the history of the colony of Georgia and its first city, Savannah. In honor of Georgia Day, February 12, today’s #MarkerMonday highlights Georgia’s founding and colonial capital- Savannah! Signed by King George II in 1732, the original charter establishing the […]

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  • Colonial Town Gate; Davenport House

    Marker Monday: Colonial Town Gate: Davenport House

    To highlight this year’s Georgia History Festival theme, “A Legacy of Leadership,” February’s #MarkerMondays explore the history of the Colony of Georgia and it’s first city, Savannah. This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the colonial town gate of Savannah, near the present-day site of the Isaiah Davenport House. Originally built in 1820 by architect Isaiah Davenport and […]

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  • Marker Monday: Noble Jones’ “Wormsloe”

    In anticipation of Super Museum Sunday on February 11, 2018, this month’s #MarkerMonday posts will explore the history of sites participating in the state-wide event. This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights Wormsloe, the oldest of Georgia’s tidewater estates. Since the establishment of the plantation in 1730s, some portion of the original Wormsloe property has remained in the hands […]

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