The Original R.F.D.

The Original R.F.D. (HMAFC)

Location: Norwood, GA 30821 Warren County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 27.728', W 82° 42.415'

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In 1868 at Norwood six men along a five mile rural route hired Jerry Parsons, a Negro who could not read, to deliver and collect mail at their homes each day except Sundays and holidays for his food and clothing. The postmaster at Norwood each morning arranged the mail in correct order and "Uncle Jerry" began his ten mile walk covering, in all, 3,110 miles. Sen. Thomas Watson, then a boy clerking for Hon. T.E. Massengale, observed this perfect plan for Rural Free Delivery. In February 1893, Sen. Watson, then in Congress, sponsored the bill creating Rural Free Delivery, copying "Uncle Jerry's" R.F.D. in Norwood.
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HM NumberHMAFC
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Postal Mail and Philately series.
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Marker Number149-2
Year Placed1955
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 341374 N 3703824
Decimal Degrees33.46213333, -82.70691667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 27.728', W 82° 42.415'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 27' 43.68" N, 82° 42' 24.90" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-304 Cobb St, Norwood GA 30821, US
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