• Marker Monday: The Tonge Factory

    This week’s #MarkerMonday looks at The Tonge Factory historical marker in Decatur County, and its use during the Civil War. The textile mill was purchased by S. D. Tonge prior to the war and operated to provide cloth for use by the Confederate Army. This factory, along with others, provided materials for the army while also providing jobs for the home front.

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  • Marker Monday: Old Eagle Tavern

    This week’s #MarkerMonday focuses on the Old Eagle Tavern historical marker in Hancock County. The site of the former Eagle Tavern has seen many hotels since its opening in the late 18th century. In the late 1830s the Eagle Tavern burned down and was replaced with the present structure in 1840 but named Edwards’ House. Edwards’ House operated until 1897 when it was renamed Drummer’s Home. It was later renamed again to the Lafayette Hotel after the Marquis de Lafayette, connecting the new building to the history of the Old Eagle Tavern.

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  • Birthplace of Bishop Haygood

    Marker Monday: Birthplace of Bishop A. G. Haygood and Miss Laura A. Haygood

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the history of the Haygood siblings. The Birthplace of Bishop A. G. Haygood and Miss Laura A. Haygood historical marker is in Watkinsville, Oconee County, Georgia, in front of their former home. After growing up under the influence of the Methodist Church, Atticus and Laura Haygood became influential members of the church.

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  • Refurbished Brasstown Bald

    Marker Monday: Brasstown Bald, The Highest Point in Georgia-4,784 ft.

    This week’s #MarkerMonday examines a Brasstown Bald historical marker in Towns County. Brasstown Bald is the highest mountain in Georgia sitting at 4,784 feet above sea level. The name Brasstown comes from a misinterpretation of the Cherokee name, ltse’yi, meaning “a place of fresh green.” White settlers mistook ltse’yi for Untsaiyi, meaning “brass” and they knew of a settlement named Brasstown on the Hiwassee River, so the mountain became known as Brasstown. The name Bald derives from the naturally clear mountaintop, offering unobstructed views of the four surrounding states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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  • Marker Monday: Dade County

    This week’s #MarkerMonday discusses the Dade County historical marker and its reference to the “State of Dade.” On December 25, 1837, Dade County was created with Salem as the county seat, before changing its name to Trenton in 1840. Dade County is the northwestern most county in Georgia and home to Cloudland Canyon State Park. […]

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  • Providence Canyons

    Marker Monday: Providence Canyons

    This week’s #MarkerMonday looks at Providence Canyons and their creation. Lumpkin, Georgia, is home to Georgia’s very own “Little Grand Canyon” and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. Fifty million years ago Stewart County was covered by an ancient ocean that deposited layers of sediments on the sea floor, which can be seen in the canyon walls today. Originally formed by poor farming practices, Providence Canyon State Park is still changing due to continuous erosion of the sediments.

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  • 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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    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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