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Nicholsonboro in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Nicholsonboro

 
 
Nicholsonboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Nicholsonboro Marker
Inscription. Nicholsonboro Community grew out of the turmoil of the last year of the Civil War and the first years of Reconstruction. General W. T. Sherman's Special Field Order No. 15 reserved the sea islands from Charleston southward, plus abandoned rice fields for thirty miles inland, for freedmen in January 1865. During the next two years the officially appointed agent, but self proclaimed, "Governor" Tunis G. Campbell ruled these lands from his island kingdom on St. Catherines.

When ownership of the lands reverted, 200 former slaves mainly from St. Catherines came here and established their own community in 1868. Ten years later eighteen Negroes signed a mortgage for 200 acres of John Nicholson's land. In four years the thrifty mortgage holders paid the $5,000.00 and received the title in 1882. The community was based upon fishing and farming with Savannah as the primary market. With changes in fishing technology and more stringent city marketing laws, the economic base and the community withered. The primary monument to this community is the Nicholson Baptist Church which had been established with the community. Two early pastors were Alexander Harris, who served with the Confederate Army, and Daniel Wright.
 
Erected 1978 by Georgia Historical Marker. (Marker Number 025-92.)
 
Location.
Nicholsonboro Marker, arrow points to Nicholsonboro Circle, a housing development image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 20, 2008
2. Nicholsonboro Marker, arrow points to Nicholsonboro Circle, a housing development
31° 57.611′ N, 81° 8.221′ W. Marker is in Nicholsonboro, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Coffee Bluff Road and Old Coffee Bluff Road / Nicholsonboro Circle, on the left when traveling east on Coffee Bluff Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31419, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vernonburg (approx. 0.8 miles away); Capture of the USS "Water Witch" (approx. 0.9 miles away); White Bluff Meeting House (approx. 1.8 miles away); St. Joseph's Hospital (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Colonial Shipyard (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pin Point Community (approx. 2.2 miles away); Beaulieu Plantation (approx. 2.3 miles away); Brick Pillar (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Places
 
Nicholsonboro Marker looking south on Coffee Point Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Nicholsonboro Marker looking south on Coffee Point Road
Marker at left
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,315 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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