“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Richmond Hill in Bryan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

“Dead Town” of Hardwicke

—8 mi.—→

"Dead Town" of Hardwicke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
1. "Dead Town" of Hardwicke Marker
Inscription. On May 10, 1754 GEORGE TOWN was established at the "Elbow" of Great Ogeechee River, eight miles east. In February, 1755, Gov. Reynolds, dissatisfied with Savannah as a capital and as a port, chose this new site because it has a charming situation, the winding of the river making it a peninsula; and it is the only fit lofty bluff, the more central location in the province, and the greater distance from the rival port of Charleston. He renamed it HARDWICKE in honor of his kinsman, the Earl of Hardwicke, Lord High Chancellor of England. Lots sold quickly, the plan`s backers were granted 21,000 acres of land, and fortifications were planned; but the Home Government granted no funds and the project died, dooming Hardwicke (later HARDWICK) to obscurity.

In 1758, Hardwicke was included in the newly created Parish of St. Philip. In 1793,Bryan County was created, with Hardwick as County Site. In 1797, the County Site was removed to "Cross Roads" (Richmond Hill). By 1824, Alexander Netherclift was the sole resident. In 1866, an attempt was made to revive HARDWICK, but it failed; and so the town which might have become one of its capitals became, instead, one of the "dead towns" of Georgia.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission
"Dead Town" of Hardwicke Marker at the intersection of US 301 and Ga 144 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. "Dead Town" of Hardwicke Marker at the intersection of US 301 and Ga 144
Shares the site with a " Fort McAllister " Historical Marker
. (Marker Number 015-8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 56.975′ N, 81° 18.729′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker is at the intersection of Ford Avenue (State Highway 144) and Coastal Highway (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling east on Ford Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond Hill GA 31324, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort McAllister (here, next to this marker); Courthouse Annex (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ways Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); J. F. Gregory (approx. half a mile away); Robert E. Lee (approx. half a mile away); Henry Ford at Richmond Hill (approx. half a mile away); Community House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rice Cultivation on the Ogeechee (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond Hill.
Also see . . .  Earl of Hardwicke. A title in the Peerage of Great Britain. It was created in 1754 for Philip Yorke, 1st Baron Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain from 1737 to 1756. (Submitted on June 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
Categories. Colonial Era
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,447 times since then and 203 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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