Near Jesup in Wayne County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Doctortown was the major crossing point of the Altamaha River from the days when the Alachua Indian Path crossed there until WW II, when the Georgia Defense Forces and a Coast Guard Unit guarded the bridges against the threat of German sabotage. It was for many years the only road and railcrossing in this area of the coastal plain, thus making it a vital shipping and travel point. As a steamboat landing, Doctortown provided river access to important overland routes.
Doctortown was an important target for Gen. Sherman's troops on the March to the Sea and was the site of an unsuccessful assault in December, 1864.
After the Civil War, Doctortown became an industrial center for the South Georgia timber and paper industry as the site of large sawmills and the worlds largest pulp mill (1992).
Erected 1992 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 151-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. Click for map. Located to the south of Savannah Highway (US 25/84/301). The location may now be on private property, but was documented accessible as late as 1998. Marker is in this post office area: Jesup GA 31545, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Defense of the Altamaha Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Franklinia Altamaha (approx. 2.2 miles away); Wayne County Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Wayne County (approx. 4.2 miles away); Alexander Jackson Gordon (approx. 4.3 miles away); Long County Timeline Mural (approx. 6.6 miles away); Long County (approx. 6.7 miles away); Historic Roads And Indian Trails (approx. 6.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jesup.
1. Access to Doctortown Marker
As of January, 2008 (and for some time prior) the Doctortown marker is on the private property of the Rayonier Corporation, behind a locked gate. It is possible to gain access to the marker by contacting the Security Department at the Rayonier Mill (number is on the gate).
The stated reason for the lack of public access is to keep the public from an unguarded railroad crossing just beyond the marker.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,492 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on April 15, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.