"Dead Town" of Hardwicke

"Dead Town" of Hardwicke (HM59G)

Location: Richmond Hill, GA 31324 Bryan County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 56.975', W 81° 18.729'

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On May 10, 1754 GEORGE TOWN was established at the "Elbow" of Great Ogeechee River, eight miles east. In February, 1755, Gov. Reynolds, dissatisfied with Savannah as a capital and as a port, chose this new site because it has a charming situation, the winding of the river making it a peninsula; and it is the only fit lofty bluff, the more central location in the province, and the greater distance from the rival port of Charleston. He renamed it HARDWICKE in honor of his kinsman, the Earl of Hardwicke, Lord High Chancellor of England. Lots sold quickly, the plan`s backers were granted 21,000 acres of land, and fortifications were planned; but the Home Government granted no funds and the project died, dooming Hardwicke (later HARDWICK) to obscurity.

In 1758, Hardwicke was included in the newly created Parish of St. Philip. In 1793,Bryan County was created, with Hardwick as County Site. In 1797, the County Site was removed to "Cross Roads" (Richmond Hill). By 1824, Alexander Netherclift was the sole resident. In 1866, an attempt was made to revive HARDWICK, but it failed; and so the town which might have become one of its capitals became, instead, one of the "dead towns" of Georgia.
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HM NumberHM59G
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number015-8
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:14am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 470499 N 3534889
Decimal Degrees31.94958333, -81.31215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 56.975', W 81° 18.729'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 56' 58.50" N, 81° 18' 43.74" W
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Area Code(s)229, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9878 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill GA 31324, US
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