200 Years of Sawmilling

200 Years of Sawmilling (HM6ZB)

Location: Darien, GA 31305 McIntosh County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 21.864', W 81° 24.956'

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For nearly two centuries the story of sawmilling in the Southeast was enacted on this point on the Altamaha River. In the summer of 1721, men from South Carolina sawed the 3-inch planks to build Fort King George. In 1736, indentured servants of the Scottish Highlanders set up pit saws here and sawed lumber for the permanent houses of Darien and for public buildings in Savannah and Frederica. This was the first commercial manufacture of lumber in Coastal Georgia. Through the years, sawmilling continued on this site. In the latter part of the 18th century, a large water mill was constructed and used here, operated by impounding tidal water in a basin on flood tide and sawing with the ebb.

In 1818, the Darien Eastern Steam Sawmill was built here. Designed by an engineer from London, the mill had five gang saws. In use, with brief interruptions, until about 1905, it was then dismantled because of lack of large timber. A circular sawmill, built alongside the same basin, took its place, to be used until the end of the sawmill era in Darien.
HM NumberHM6ZB
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number095-6B
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 7:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 460444 N 3470062
Decimal Degrees31.36440000, -81.41593333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 21.864', W 81° 24.956'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 21' 51.84" N, 81° 24' 57.36" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1475-1509 McIntosh Rd, Darien GA 31305, US
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