Online Georgia Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt: May Events in Georgia History

With events ranging from George Washington’s Southern Tour, the beginning of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign, and the first sale of Coca-Cola, the month of May is a historically packed month for Georgia history! Explore some of the events that happened in Georgia in May by completing the scavenger hunt below.

To get started, use the Georgia Historical Marker Online Database to find answers to the questions! You can access the online database by following this link. Once there, search all of Georgia’s markers by keyword, location, region, time period, subject, and marker program to answer the following questions. For a quick tutorial on how to use the Georgia Historical Marker Online Database, click here.

Click the toggle below to access the May Events in Georgia History Scavenger Hunt.

Click here for a printable version of the online scavenger hunt. Once you complete the scavenger hunt, check your answers here!

  1. Jefferson Davis was captured on May 10, 1865, in what city?
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  2. In May 1940, the Crypt of Civilization time capsule was buried and is not to be opened until 8113. On what campus will you find this time capsule?
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  3. Born in Augusta on May 3, 1816, this person fought for the United States during the Civil War and created Arlington National Cemetery.
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  4. Royal Governor Sir James Wright (born on May 8, 1716, in London, England) deeded land to the Quakers to establish the city of Wrightsboro, Georgia. How many acres did he grant?
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  5. Grady County was named after this “silver tongued orator” who was born on May 24, 1850.
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  6. The first glass of Coke was sold at this location on May 8, 1886.
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  7. President George Washington toured Georgia in May 1791. In which cities did his tour begin and end?
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  8. George Whitefield, who first arrived in Savannah on May 7, 1738, established what is now the oldest orphanage in America. What is the name of this institution?
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  9. During the Battle of Pickett’s Mill in May 1864, General Johnston (CS) used this house as his headquarters.
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  10. May 22 is National Maritime Day and commemorates the sailing of the first steamship to make the transatlantic voyage. What is that steamship’s name?
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  11. On May 16, 1777, this Declaration of Independence signer was mortally wounded in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh.
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  12. Founded on May 15, 1851, at Wesleyan College in Macon, this sorority’s national headquarters is located on Ponce de Leon Ave. in Atlanta.
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