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Norwood in Warren County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Original R.F.D.

 
 
The Original R.F.D. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, January 19, 2009
1. The Original R.F.D. Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 149-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 33° 27.728′ N, 82° 42.415′ W. Marker is in Norwood, Georgia, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlanta Highway HW (U.S. 278) and Carey Street, on the left when traveling east on Atlanta Highway HW. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norwood GA 30821, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
The Original R.F.D. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, August 26, 2015
2. The Original R.F.D. Marker
flies. Muster Roll of Company H, 22nd Regiment (approx. 4.6 miles away); National Flags of the Confederate States of America 1861-1865 (approx. 4.6 miles away); Warren County Confederate Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Warren County Korean War Veterans Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Warren County Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Muster Roll of Company D, 5th Regiment (approx. 4.6 miles away); Muster Roll of Company B, 48th Regiment (approx. 4.6 miles away); Warren County (approx. 4.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Rural Free Delivery. Rural Free Delivery (RFD) is a service which began in the United States in the late 19th century, to deliver mail directly to rural farm families. (Submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Thomas E. Watson. Thomas Edward "Tom" Watson (September 5, 1856 – September 26, 1922) was an American politician, attorney, newspaper editor, and writer from Georgia. (Submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional keywords. Postal
 
Categories. CommunicationsGovernment
 
The Original R.F.D. Marker, looking west on U.S. 278 Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, January 19, 2009
3. The Original R.F.D. Marker, looking west on U.S. 278
 
 
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