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Near Chauncey in Dodge County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Normandale

1868-1896

 
 
Normandale Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 29, 2012
1. Normandale Marker
Inscription. Normandale was named for Norman W. Dodge, one of seven sons of William E. Dodge, for whom Dodge County was named in 1870. The home of over 500 people, Normandale was headquarters of the Dodge Land & Lumber Company which was established after the Civil War using questionable deeds. The company claimed over 300 square miles of the finest longleaf yellow pine in the world. The area included the counties of Telfair, Dodge, Laurens, Montgomery, and Pulaski. Settlers had earlier claimed most of the property. After years of controversy, the Dodge Company appealed to the federal court and was awarded lands it had seized after the Civil War. As the Dodge Company evicted settlers, a bitter land war ensued. The Dodge superintendent, John C. Forsyth, was shot and killed on October 7, 1890. The murder occurred either in the executive house, now restored, or in a nearby twin structure which burned. Mr. Forsyth and his daughter, Nellie, are buried in the front yard of Christ Church on St. Simons Island. On September 9, 1892, the big mill and dry house of the lumber company burned to the ground. Having depleted the regionís forests, the company did not rebuild what was one of the largest saw mills in the south.
 
Erected 1994 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 045-3.)
 
Marker series.
Normandale Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 29, 2012
2. Normandale Marker
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 6.107′ N, 83° 2.894′ W. Marker is near Chauncey, Georgia, in Dodge County. Marker is at the intersection of McRae Highway (U.S. 341) and Cadillac Lodge Road, on the right when traveling east on McRae Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chauncey GA 31011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Telfair County Veterans Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); Marion Bayard Folsom (approx. 9 miles away); Stuckey's (approx. 9 miles away); Telfair County (approx. 9.2 miles away); Old Eastman School (approx. 9.6 miles away); Dodge County (approx. 10.1 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Eastman-Bishop-Bullock House (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Dodge County. The New Georgia Encyclopedia's entry for Dodge County discusses some of the land ownership issues, which at one point had the Dodge Land & Lumber Company obtaining Federal conspiracy indictments against every public official in Dodge County who had criticized the company. (Submitted on July 8, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Newspaper Account. The New York Times presented a completely
Normandale Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 29, 2012
3. Normandale Marker
Looking southeast on US Highway 341/US Highway 23, McRae Highway, toward the town of McRae.
opposite view of the situation and the murder in 1891. (Submitted on July 8, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Murder
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Dodge Guest House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 29, 2012
4. Dodge Guest House
The Dodge Guest House, built c. 1870, is regarded as the oldest building in Dodge County. Forsyth was killed in the twin to this house, which was destroyed.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 23 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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