LeConte Botanical Gardens

LeConte Botanical Gardens (HM5RR)

Location: Riceboro, GA 31323 Liberty County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 42.158', W 81° 24.838'

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Five miles west of here on the old Post Road, the southern most postal route in America, is the site of the home and botanical garden of Louis LeConte, naturalist, mathematician, and scholar, for whom the famous LeConte Pear was named. A native of New Jersey, Dr. LeConte was married to Ann Quarterman, a member of Midway Church in 1812. He established his famed botanical gardens on his extensive plantation. In his attic he fitted a chemical laboratory which included novelties of a botanical garden in which he cultivated rare plants, which came from all parts of the world. Although the modest Dr. LeConte did not exploit his achievements, it was nothing unusual for visitors from foreign lands to view his gardens.

Dr. LeConte`s internationally known sons, Dr. John LeConte, born in 1818 and Dr. Joseph LeConte, born in 1823, at the family plantation, were two of the most distinguished scientific scholars of the nineteenth century. They made the University of California famous.
HM NumberHM5RR
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number089-3
Year Placed1954
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 460772 N 3507550
Decimal Degrees31.70263333, -81.41396667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 42.158', W 81° 24.838'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 42' 9.48" N, 81° 24' 50.28" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5607 US-17, Riceboro GA 31323, US
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