• 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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  • Normandale Historical Marker

    Marker Monday: Normandale

    William E. Dodge became infamous in Georgia without stepping foot in the state. He established Dodge Land & Lumber Company in Normandale, located in middle Georgia, by taking advantage of post-Civil War land sales. Earlier settlers of the land were evicted for lumber operations that spanned 300,000 acres between the Ocmulgee and Oconee rivers. The removal resulted in a 50-year land war over ownership.

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  • Crescent Farm Rock Barn

    Marker Monday: Crescent Farm Rock Barn

    The origins of harness racing date back to chariot racing, surfacing in Rome as early as the 8th century BCE. The sport quickly grew in Rome, and the development of teams allowed fans to feel involved and identify with their favorite. The Circus Maximus was built to house the popular sport, which could hold over […]

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  • The Andrews Raid

    Marker Monday: The Andrews Raid

    The following is based on an account as recalled by a survivor, printed in The Indianapolis News, February 15, 1886. On April 12, 1862, a group of U.S. operatives, led by spy and contraband merchant James J. Andrews captured the locomotive General, while the crew and passengers were in a nearby hotel eating breakfast. By […]

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  • Koinonia Farm Marker

    Marker Monday: Koinonia Farm

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the history of Clarence Jordan, founder of Koinonia Farm, and author of the “Cotton Patch” translation of the New Testament. Clarence Jordan and his wife, Florence, founded Koinonia Farm with the mission of a commitment to simplicity, nonviolence, and equality. However, those were not the views of the surrounding community in […]

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  • Nacoochee Valley Marker

    Marker Monday: Nacoochee Valley

    This week’s #MarkerMonday explores the history of Nacoochee Valley: Valley of the Evening Star. After the start of the Georgia gold rush in 1828, Georgians hoped to be chosen in the land lottery, giving them a chance to pan for wealth in the North Georgia mountains, where the Valley is located. In 1834, while digging […]

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  • The Appalachian Trail Marker

    Marker Monday: The Appalachian Trail

    This week’s #MarkerMonday discusses Benton MacKaye, “forester, philosopher, dreamer,” and the development of the Appalachian Trail. Emile Benton MacKaye was born on March 6, 1879, and spent much of his young life looking to fulfil his curiosities about the natural world. In 1896 MacKaye began taking classes at Harvard, developing his interest in environmental sciences […]

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