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Near Demorest in Habersham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co.
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Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, October 22, 2005
1. Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co. Marker
 
Inscription. On the site of the Habersham Cotton Mills stood the Habersham Iron Works and Manufacturing Co., incorporated in late 1837 when this section of the state was Indian country. Jarvis Van Buren, a cousin of President Martin Van Buren and a pioneer eastern railroad man, arrived in 1838 to operate the plant for its stockholders who included John C. Calhoun. In a region far from railroads necessary machines and supplies must have come by mule or ox wagon from Augusta. The iron mill operated for a few years, closed and reopened during the War Between the States when guns and cannon were urgently needed for the Confederacy.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 068-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 35.413′ N, 83° 33.635′ W. Marker is near Demorest, Georgia, in Habersham County. Marker is on Habersham Mills Village Drive just south of Habersham Mills Complex Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located on the property of the now-closed (1999) Habersham Cotton Mills. Marker is in this post office area: Demorest GA 30535, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
 
Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 18, 2011
2. Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co. Marker
 
within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piedmont College (approx. 1.9 miles away); John Robert Mize (approx. 2 miles away); Home of Johnny Mize (approx. 2 miles away); Habersham County (approx. 2.6 miles away); Demorest War Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Toombs-Bleckley House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Grace Protestant Episcopal Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Blair Line (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Demorest.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Habersham Mills. More on the history of the Habersham Iron Works and the subsequent cotton mill which occupied the property. The site states that cannon produced at the Habersham Iron Works can be seen at the Chicamauga National Battleground. (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Habersham Cannon
While the marker indicates cannon were produced for the Confederate army, no source other than the linked web site, supports this inference. Records for the Atlanta Ordnance Depot do not mention any "Habersham" guns processed. Nor does the Chickamauga-Chattanooga Battlefield have any examples on display. Gun making in the Civil War era required specialized equipment for casting, boring, and finishing of the guns. Likely, however, is the use of Habersham iron in the production of guns cast at Rome, Atlanta, Columbus, Selma (Alabama), and other manufacturing facilities.
 
Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 18, 2011
3. Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co. Marker
The main street of Habersham Cotton Mills, with the marker on the left
 
    — Submitted January 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Habersham Cotton Mills Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 18, 2011
4. Habersham Cotton Mills
Buildings at the now-closed Habersham Cotton Mills
 
 
Habersham Cotton Mills Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 18, 2011
5. Habersham Cotton Mills
The former post office and store at the now-closed Habersham Cotton Mills
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,300 times since then. Last updated on January 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1. submitted on January 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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