Racepond Named For “Race Pond”

Racepond Named For “Race Pond”

Year Erected: 1958

Marker Text: Racepond was named for “Race Pond,” a round cypress pond near here, where, about 1836, United States soldiers ran their horses for sport.

The troops were stationed at the pond to watch for and capture any Indians who might venture out from the Okefenokee Swamp where they had taken refuge from the great trek to the Western Reservation. Only a few men at a time were needed for patrol duty, and the rest amused themselves by racing their mounts over a track they constructed around the pond. A soldier wounded by the Indians died in camp and was buried near the track.

Tips for Finding This Marker: On Jacksonville Highway (U.S. 1) 1.3 miles south of Georgia Route 121, in the median in Folkston.