Jacksonville (HM69P)

Location: Jacksonville, GA 31544 Telfair County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 48.742', W 82° 58.752'

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The first County Seat of Telfair County, Jacksonville, was named for General Andrew Jackson and incorporated in 1815. In the early 19th century, a courthouse was erected near the site of the present Methodist Church. Jacksonville was an important point on the Blackshear Trail which followed the Altamaha and Ocmulgee rivers from Darien to Fort Hawkins. One of the county's three blockhouses was built nearby by General David Blackshear as a refuge and a house of thanksgiving. The center of a large and wealthy plantation economy, Jacksonville was a landing for freight and passenger traffic on the river before and for some years after the Civil War. In 1871, McRae became the County Seat. Among the distinguished early settlers of Jacksonville were General John E. Coffee, soldier, pioneer surveyor, member of Congress, and General Mark Willcox, a state legislator and soldier in the Indian Wars. Each of these men has a county in Georgia named for him. Other pioneer residents included the McRae, Clements, Hatton, and Pridgen families.

Re-erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the Pioneer Historical Society in 2017
HM NumberHM69P
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Historical PeriodCivil War, 19th Century
Historical PlaceTown, Residential Community
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Marker Number134-3
Year Placed2017
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society and the Pioneer Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 10:25am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] GEORGIAHISTORY.COM  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 312657 N 3521344
Decimal Degrees31.81236667, -82.97920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 48.742', W 82° 58.752'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 48' 44.5200" N, 82° 58' 45.1200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)229
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?Yes
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3694 US-441, Jacksonville GA 31544, US
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