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Near Fortson in Harris County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Camp McKenzie

 
 
Camp McKenzie Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
1. Camp McKenzie Marker
Inscription. Side 1:
On this site was Camp McKenzie, a 350 acre tract used for approximately 75 years as the official campsite for the local councils of the Boy Scouts of America. Under the leadership of W. W. McKenzie and Fred H. Schomburg, together with J. Homer Dimon, Jas. B. Key, Dan Joseph, J. Dupont Kirven, H. B. Crowell and J. A. Thomas, Camp McKenzie was incorporated in March 1921. Through the efforts of Frank G. Lumpkin Sr., Sidney Colquitt and many others, funds were raised to purchase the acreage and construct facilities.

Side 2:
In 1965 a group led by Cason J. Callaway, Jr., donated an additional and adjacent 320-acre tract to the Chattahoochee Council. The new area was named Camp Callaway. In 1955, the Council signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 900 acres of land on the West Point Lake and camping facilities have been moved to that location. This marker is erected to honor those men who had the foresight and the will to make Camp McKenzie and Camp Callaway possible for the thousands of boys who learned to love them both and who will forever hold fond memories of their experiences here.
 
Erected 2001 by Ole Scouts of Camp McKenzie and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
 
Location. 32° 
Camp McKenzie Marker -- Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
2. Camp McKenzie Marker -- Side 2
37.014′ N, 84° 58.957′ W. Marker is near Fortson, Georgia, in Harris County. Marker is on Whitesville Road 0 miles south of Pleasant Valley Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11133 Whitesville Road, Fortson GA 31808, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fortson House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bartlett's Ferry Dam; Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mountain Hill District Consolidated School (approx. 6 miles away); Kingsboro & Cataula (approx. 7.1 miles away); Textile and Banking Pioneer (approx. 7.5 miles away); Samuel Cooper (approx. 7.6 miles away); “Blind Tom” (approx. 8 miles away); Line 32 28 North Latitude (approx. 8.5 miles away in Alabama). Click for a list of all markers in Fortson.
 
More about this marker. While the marker is dated 1999, it was actually dedicated on October 5, 2001.
 
Additional keywords. Boy Scouts, Scouting
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCharity & Public WorkNotable Places
 
Camp McKenzie Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
3. Camp McKenzie Marker
Looking north on Whitesville Road, toward Whitesville
Camp McKenzie Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
4. Camp McKenzie Marker
Looking south on Whitesville Road, toward Columbus
Camp McKenzie Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
5. Camp McKenzie Marker
The site of Camp McKenzie is now a residential area
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,290 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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