• 2nd ATL Intl Pop Fest marker

    Marker Monday: Second Atlanta International Pop Festival

    This week’s #MarkerMonday discusses the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival historical marker in Peach County. On July 3-5, 1970, Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley hosted the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia, about an hour and a half south of Atlanta. The festival was one of many that began during the peak years of rock festivals in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During this time, the 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival held the title as the second-largest multi-day outdoor rock festival in America, second only to Woodstock in 1969.

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  • Birthplace of Charles Holmes Herty, Re-erected

    Marker Monday: Birthplace of Charles Holmes Herty (1867-1938)

    This week’s #MarkerMonday discusses Charles Holmes Herty and the marker signifying his birthplace in Milledgeville, Georgia. Some may know Charles Herty for his work expanding the athletic department and organizing and coaching the first football team at the University of Georgia. Upon graduating with a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, Herty returned to UGA to […]

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  • dead-town-of-hardwicke

    Marker Monday: “Dead Town” of Hardwicke

    This week’s #MarkerMonday explores the “Dead Town” of Hardwicke. The city of Hardwicke was once located in the Parish of St. Phillip, today’s Bryan County. It was originally named George Town in 1754 in honor of George, the Prince of Wales, but the name was changed to Hardwicke in 1755 by Georgia’s first Royal Governor, John Reynolds, in honor of his kinsman the Earl of Hardwicke, Lord High Chancellor of England.

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  • Silk Culture at Ebenezer

    Marker Monday: Silk Culture at Ebenezer

    This week’s #MarkerMonday explores the Silk Culture in Georgia, especially in the settlement of Ebenezer in Effingham County. The settlement of Ebenezer was originally founded in 1734 by persecuted protestants from Salzburg, in present-day Austria, known as Salzburgers. They were led by Reverend Johann Martin Bolzius, who was asked to accompany the Salzburgers to America. The James Habersham diary, found in the GHS collection, notes the details of silk production and the arrival of a new group of German protestants who planned on joining the Ebenezer settlement. They arrived on Cockspur Island, an island at the mouth of the Savannah River, on Monday, October 29, 1736.

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  • The Bridge House

    Marker Monday: The Bridge House

    This week’s #MarkerMonday explores The Bridge House historical marker in Dougherty County and its builder, Horace King of Columbus. Although he was born into slavery, Horace King became the South’s most prominent bridge builder during the mid-1800s. Albany founder Col. Nelson Tift hired King to build a toll bridge across the Flint River. The entrance became known as the Bridge House and served as a popular social spot for the people of Albany until the Civil War.

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  • Trahlyta's Grave

    Marker Monday: Trahlyta’s Grave

    This week’s #MarkerMonday explores the legend of Trahlyta and the history of the “magic springs” in Lumpkin County as related on the historical marker. According to lore, Trahlyta is known as a Cherokee “princess” who drank from the magic springs every day, gifting her with eternal youth and beauty, making her the object of many suitors whom she rejected. One rejected suitor, Wahsega, kidnapped Trahlyta and took her far away from the spring. Without the magic water, Trahlyta began to lose her youth and beauty. Wahsega promised to bring her back to her magic spring as she was dying, and upon her death buried her nearby. The grave is said to be covered in a pile of stones, where people still drop a stone for good fortune.

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  • Old Stagecoach Road

    Marker Monday: Old Stagecoach Road

    This week’s #MarkerMonday looks at the Old Stagecoach Road historical marker in Clayton County and explores the history of stagecoach travel. Prior to its development as a stagecoach road, the trail was used by Native Americans to travel throughout western Georgia. It was later used to travel from Decatur to Panthersville, Morrow, Jonesboro, and Fayetteville to Columbus. Public stagecoach travel in America began in the early 1700s in New England, and an unsuccessful attempt to bring stagecoach routes to Georgia began in 1786.

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  • Okefenokee Swamp (Clinch County)

    Marker Monday: Okefenokee Swamp

    This week’s #MarkerMonday discusses the history of the Okefenokee Swamp in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 13-19, 2019. The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer the conservation, management, and restoration of habitats within the United States. Each wildlife refuge is built around its own mission that is considered in all decisions. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the largest blackwater swamp in the United States and one of the world’s largest intact freshwater ecosystems. It was established to provide a refuge and breeding ground for birds and other wildlife that live and migrate there, especially its threatened and endangered populations.

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  • Nancy Hart Marker

    Marker Monday: Nancy Hart

    This week’s #MarkerMonday explores the lore surrounding Nancy Hart. Anne “Nancy” Hart is a famous Georgia patriot who aided colonial efforts during the Revolutionary War. She has been called “a staunch patriot, a deadly shot, a skilled doctor, and a good neighbor.” Lore states that the Cherokees nicknamed her “war woman” and that the British soldiers were aware of her patriotism. She would dress as a man to spy on British camps and relay the information to the Patriots. She is also believed to have fought at the Battle of Kettle Creek. Hart County is named in her honor, the only county in Georgia named for a woman.

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  • Big Spring Park

    Marker Monday: Big Spring Park

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the history of Cedartown, formerly Cedar Town, and Big Spring Park. Paulding County, Georgia, was created as a result of the Cherokee Land Lottery in 1832. Many people such as Asa Prior, mentioned on the historical marker, purchased or won the land surrounding Big Spring and Cedar Creek, which later became part of Polk County. As new landowners continued to spread across North Georgia, the Treaty of New Echota was signed by a minority leader of the Cherokee Nation without consent from Cherokee Chief John Ross in 1835. The Treaty allowed Cherokee landowners to receive monetary compensation for their property, but a majority did not support the ratified terms. Their rejection led to the Cherokees’ forced removal by the U.S. government on the Trail of Tears to the West.

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