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Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston

 
 
Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, August 11, 2011
1. Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker
Inscription. Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822–1898), educator and author, was born at Powelton. Later, his father moved to Crawfordville for better school facilities for his children. The Powelton home was torn down and reerected on this site. Johnston was educated at old Crawfordville Academy and Mercer University. Among his best known works are “Dukesborough Tales,” “Old Mark Langston,” and with W.H. Browne, “Alexander H. Stephens.” Stephens is said to have received his idea of keeping open house at “Liberty Hall” from the great hospitality of the Johnston family in their home across the street.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 131-16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 33.406′ N, 82° 53.7′ W. Marker is in Crawfordville, Georgia, in Taliaferro County. Marker is on Park Street just east of Memorial Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crawfordville GA 30631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crawfordville Academy Alexander Stephens Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Hall
Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tristan Budd, January 3, 2009
2. Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Liberty Hall (about 400 feet away); Crawfordville Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Taliaferro County World Wars Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roselle Mercier Montgomery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Tavern Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crawfordville Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Crawfordville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822–1898). New Georgia Encyclopedia entry. “Johnston’s writing has been called a bridge between antebellum humor and postbellum local color traditions. In his four novels and six other collections of stories, he never strayed far from the themes he explored in Dukesborough Tales, which included schooling, law, marriage, death, religion, paternalism, and the psychological conflict within rural families over such issues as land greed.” (Submitted on January 17, 2009.) 

2. Autobiography of Col. Richard Malcolm Johnston. “Some years ago my friend Henry M. Alden,
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By Lee Hattabaugh, August 11, 2011
3. Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker
at whose house I was staying for the night, said that I ought to write a book telling reminiscences of myself and others whom I had known. At that time I thought little of the suggestion, not that I was not much interested in my many friends and very many acquaintances, and intensely so in myself, but I did not see how I could make clearly my recollection of these interesting to others. Now that I have grown old and, like others at my time, growing more and more fond of looking back and admiring the past, I decide to put down some notes which I trust will be perused with interest by those who have known me, particularly those who have known me best.” (Submitted on January 17, 2009.) 
 
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Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, August 11, 2011
4. Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker
Looking west toward the A.H. Stephens Park/Liberty Hall (to the right).
Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, August 11, 2011
5. Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston Marker
Building has a sign that indicates it either is, or was a Masonic Lodge. Marker arrow is pointing toward the side and back yard of the property.
Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822–1898) Photo, Click for full size
By the painter Thomas Cromwell Corner, circa 1895
6. Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822–1898)
Photographic reproduction of this painting courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons.
 
 
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