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Farmdale in Screven County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Washington Slept Here

 
 
Washington Slept Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Washington Slept Here Marker
Inscription. "Monday, May 16th, 1791" wrote President George Washington in his diary as he recorded the date of his lodging in the Inn of Stephen Calfrey Pearce, 200 yards [from] this marker. Being forewarned, the Pearces had made lavish preparation for the entertainment of their distinguished guest and his party. Mrs. Pearce was famous for her cooking and Mr. Pearce for his story telling. The President enjoyed both immensely and praised gratefully the hospitality of the Inn Keepers who would accept no payment from the President of the United States.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 124-10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here, and the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 43.232′ N, 81° 29.602′ W. Marker is in Farmdale, Georgia, in Screven County. Marker is on Newington Highway (State Highway 24), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Between Williams Store Road and Old Robin Road. Marker is in this post office area: Sylvania GA 30467, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wesleyanna Memorial Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Middle Ground Baptist Church
Washington Slept Here Marker, at edge of open field looking west image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 22, 2009
2. Washington Slept Here Marker, at edge of open field looking west
(approx. 5.8 miles away); Battle of Brier Creek - Mar. 3, 1779 (approx. 6.3 miles away); General Samuel Elbert (approx. 6.3 miles away); Lawtonville Church (approx. 8 miles away in South Carolina); North Newington Baptist Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); Screven County (approx. 8.6 miles away); Sylvania (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Note that the direction (north, south, east or west) was struck from the inscription on line four.
 
Also see . . .
1. Screven - Family History & Genealogy Message Board. Stephen Calfrey Pearce,Sr.( Ancestry.com ) (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Munson, Underwood, Horn, Fairfield and Allied Families Joshua Pearce. Stephen Calfrey Pearce was the third and youngest son of old Joshua. Both he and Joshua Jr., the second son, were old enough in 1791 to be the proprietor of an inn, but because the location was the Joshua Pearce homestead, because the elder Joshua was then a man in his fifties who lived nineteen more years, and was therefore probably the proprietor in 1791, and taking all else into consideration, it seems
Washington Slept Here Marker, looking north on Newington Hwy ( Ga 24 ) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 22, 2009
3. Washington Slept Here Marker, looking north on Newington Hwy ( Ga 24 )
probable that it was the father who was host to our first President. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Other stops along Washington's Southern Tour. You can use the map link at the bottom to track President Washington's route in 1791. (Submitted on February 25, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. Washington’s Southern Tour
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,571 times since then and 168 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week 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 July 3, 2016.
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