Hillsborough

Hillsborough (HM144S)

Location: Eatonton, GA 31024 Putnam County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 20.694', W 83° 17.113'

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First County Seat of Baldwin County, 1806-1807

— And Putnam County, 1808-1809 —

The community of Hillsborough served as the site of the first county seat of Baldwin County in 1806 and later Putnam County after Putnam was created from Baldwin in December, 1807, but there is no known record that official County functions were conducted until 1808. The Baldwin seat moved to Milledgeville. The log cabin home of George Hill was used as the courthouse where elections as well as court sessions were held. The community consisted of four log cabins, a jailhouse, a blacksmith shop, a store and a saloon. Judge Peter Early, who would become a Georgia State Senator, U.S. Congressman, and the Governor of Georgia before he died at age 44, conducted the first session of the Superior Court in July, 1806. In the first session two soldiers were convicted of stealing fish from a trap and were hanged for the crime and buried in Hillsborough. One woman was punished for being a scold and shrew by being dunked in the river three times.
Partners supporting this project have been: Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway Corp., Better Hometown Eatonton, Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 2007 Putnam County Board of Commissioners, Baldwin County Board of Commissioners, Eatonton-Putnam Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Georgia Department of Transportation. This project funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
Dedicated November 18, 2007 in recognition of Putnam County's Bicentennial Celebration (LWM)
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HM NumberHM144S
Series This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series
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Year Placed2007
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 1:15pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 287336 N 3691855
Decimal Degrees33.34490000, -83.28521667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 20.694', W 83° 17.113'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 20' 41.64" N, 83° 17' 6.78" W
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Area Code(s)706, 478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 159 Old Phoenix Rd NE, Eatonton GA 31024, US
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