In Memory of Rev. T.C. GregoryThis site, along with 19,600 acres, was purchased through a state land lottery, September, 1843-44, by Rev. Eli Graves, formerly of Vermont. In March, 1848, all was sold to his brother, Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Joel S. Graves. In 1850, using handmade bricks from a nearby clay pit, Rev. Graves built the area's first brick structure, a church with annex for the area's first "common" school." The first teacher was Ruth Graves and in February, 1861, Roxanna Graves became the second. The Post Office was at Greenfield June 26, 1856-1883. Rev. Graves brought industry to the thriving community by building a three-story building on Sloan Creek with a grist mill, general store, steam-powered wool carding factory and "bucket shop." During the War Between the States, Rev. Graves? bucket and barrel factory supplied a Confederate contract. The church served as a recruiting center and field hospital from 1863 to war's end under the care of Methodist minister and former Kentucky legislator, Rev./Dr. Baker E. Watkins and his assistant, Dr. Samuel Hart of Americus, GA. Rev./Dr. Watkins and Rev. Flournoy Clark represented Colquitt County at the Constitutional Convention in November of 1865. Rev./Dr. Watkins was elected first County School Commissioner in 1872 and served in this capacity until his death in 1876.
|Series||This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series|
|Placed By||Moultrie Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp No. 674|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 2:39am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 236220 N 3442210|
|Decimal Degrees||31.08410000, -83.76500000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 5.046', W 83° 45.9'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 5' 2.76" N, 83° 45' 54.00" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 998-1000 Greenfield Church Rd, Moultrie GA 31788, US|
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