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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Oglethorpe Bench

 
 
Oglethorpe Bench Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Oglethorpe Bench Marker
Inscription. On this spot one hundred and seventy three years ago James Oglethorpe the founder of the colony pitched his tent and here rested at the close of the day from which Georgia was settled.
Erected by the Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America on 12th of February A.D. - 1906
 
Erected 1906 by Colonial Dames of America.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Society of Colonial Dames of America marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.884′ N, 81° 5.525′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on West Bay Street near Whitaker Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. In small park in front of Hyatt Hotel. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joel Chandler Harris in Savannah 1870-1876 (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Oglethorpe and the Colonists (within shouting distance of this marker); This is Yamacraw Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); The Propeller Club of the Port of Savannah (within shouting distance of this marker);
Oglethorpe Bench Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Oglethorpe Bench Marker
"A World Apart" (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Oglethorpe's Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); The Savannah (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The "John Randolph" (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Oglethorpe Bench. Owing to the colony's primary role as a military buffer between English and Spanish-held territories, the original model for the colonisation of Georgia excluded the use of slave labour, fearing that runaway slaves could internally weaken the colony and assist the enemy at St.Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Our Georgia History. ... After putting ashore in South Carolina in January, 1733, James Oglethorpe, William Bull (an engineer from Charles Town), Peter Gordon and a group of the militia left the colonists and headed south and turned into the mouth of the Savannah River, sailing 18 miles upstream. They landed at the site of present-day Savannah. Oglethorpe was impressed with the area because Yamacraw Bluff afforded protection against an assault from the river. Around the perimeter swampy areas added to the defensive nature of the position. (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Oglethorpe Bench image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Oglethorpe Bench
 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 135 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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