Dr. Chapmon Powell's "Medicine House" and W.J. Houston Plantation

Dr. Chapmon Powell's "Medicine House" and W.J. Houston Plantation (HM5Z9)

Location: Decatur, GA 30030 Dekalb County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 47.386', W 84° 18.394'

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About 1826, Dr. Chapmon Powell erected a log cabin beside the Shallowford Trail near this site. His Indian patients called it the "Medicine House." His cabin had been relocated onto this site by 1863 when Powell's son-in-law, Washington Jackson Houston (pronounced Hows-ton) purchased about 600 acs. of Powell's farm lands, enlarged the cabin, and built a mill on the South Fork of Peachtree Creek. Powell's original log cabin is now part of the plantation complex at Stone Mountain.

On July 18, 1864, war came to this site as Federal troops advancing on Atlanta and Decatur skirmished here. After the Battle of Atlanta, Gen. McPherson's remains were carried through Decatur to this site; then on to Sherman's headquarters at the Howard house.

In 1904, Houston and Dr. W.J.Houston Jr., converted his plantation's mill (off Houston Mill Rd. at Hahn Woods Commemorative Forest) into Decatur's first electric power generation plant. He also established the Houston Chapel at his wife's request, and until his death he conducted services in it for the rural community surrounding his farmlands.
HM NumberHM5Z9
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 7:36pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 749379 N 3742107
Decimal Degrees33.78976667, -84.30656667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 47.386', W 84° 18.394'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 47' 23.16" N, 84° 18' 23.64" W
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Area Code(s)404, 770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1247-1249 GA-155, Decatur GA 30030, US
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