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Waycross in Ware County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Vereen Bell Highway

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Vereen Bell Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 16, 2012
1. Vereen Bell Highway Marker
Inscription. This access road into the great Okefenokee Swamp was named by the Georgia Legislature (1946) in memory of VEREEN BELL, Lt. USNR, young Georgia patriot and writer, who by his novel “SWAMP WATER” gave to the world insights into this unique area, and who gave his life for his country in World War II.

Born in Cairo, GA., Oct. 5, 1911; Davidson College A.B., 1932; home later, Thomasville; wife and two children; died Oct. 26, 1944.

His brilliant but brief literary career included two novels, many short stories and articles. He wrote mostly of nature and outdoor life, including the Okefenokee, which he loved and made the locale of several stories. Two separate motion pictures were made from “SWAMP WATER,” (20th C. Fox, 1942, 1952).

Volunteering for the Navy 1943, he became Intelligence Officer of Air Combat Squadron VC-10 on aircraft carrier GAMBIER BAY.

This valiant ship was sunk in the Battle for Leyte, Oct. 23, 1944. VEREEN BELL was injured, died the next day and was buried at sea of Samar Island, P.I. He dies nobly and unafraid.


 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 148-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Vereen Bell Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 16, 2012
2. Vereen Bell Highway Marker

 
Location. 31° 7.776′ N, 82° 16.032′ W. Marker is in Waycross, Georgia, in Ware County. Marker is at the intersection of Okefenokee Swamp Park Road (Georgia Route 177) and Jacksonville Highway (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling west on Okefenokee Swamp Park Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waycross GA 31503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Okefenokee Swamp (approx. 6.8 miles away); Methodism Came To Waycross (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Wildes Massacre (approx. 7.7 miles away); Ware County Georgia World War I Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Waycross Confederate Monument (approx. 7.8 miles away); Senator Nicholas Ware (approx. 7.8 miles away); Ware Court House (approx. 7.8 miles away); Trail Ridge (approx. 11.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waycross.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicRoads & VehiclesWar, World II
 
Vereen Bell Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 16, 2012
3. Vereen Bell Highway Marker
Looking southwest on Okefenokee Swamp Park Road (Vereen Bell Highway), GA 177, into the heart of the Okefenokee Swamp and the headwaters of the Suwanee River. The marker is on the right.
Vereen Bell Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 16, 2012
4. Vereen Bell Highway Marker
The marker can barely be seen in the bushes to the left of the sign at the entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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