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Racepond Named For “Race Pond”

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 16, 2012
1. Racepond Named For "Race Pond" Marker
Inscription. Racepond was named for “Race Pond,” a round cypress pond near here, where, about 1836, United States soldiers ran their horses for sport.

The troops were stationed at the pond to watch for and capture any Indians who might venture out from the Okefenokee Swamp where they had taken refuge from the great trek to the Western Reservation. Only a few men at a time were needed for patrol duty, and the rest amused themselves by racing their mounts over a track they constructed around the pond. A soldier wounded by the Indians died in camp and was buried near the track.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 024-6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 30° 58.758′ N, 82° 7.236′ W. Marker is near Folkston, Georgia, in Charlton County. Marker is on Jacksonville Highway (U.S. 1) 1.3 miles south of Georgia Route 121, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Folkston GA 31537, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Center Village or Centerville (approx. 12.2 miles away); Okefenokee Swamp
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By David Seibert, January 16, 2012
2. Racepond Named For "Race Pond" Marker
Looking south on US 1/US 23 toward Folkston
(approx. 12.2 miles away); Charlton County (approx. 12.3 miles away); Henry Roddenberry (approx. 12.3 miles away); Sardis Church (approx. 13.4 miles away); Vereen Bell Highway (approx. 13.5 miles away); Trader's Hill (Fort Alert) (approx. 13.6 miles away); First Masonic Lodge in Charlton County (approx. 13.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Folkston.
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Racepond Named For "Race Pond" Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 16, 2012
3. Racepond Named For "Race Pond" Marker
Looking north on US 1/US 23 toward the community of Racepond.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 474 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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