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Trail to Standing Peachtree and Houston Chapel

 
 
Trail to Standing Peachtree and Houston Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, August 3, 2008
1. Trail to Standing Peachtree and Houston Chapel Marker
Inscription. This ancient trail led west to the Indian village of Standing Peachtree. It joined the Shallowford Trail near this spot linking it with trade routes to Stone Mountain. Later becoming a road it was among the first authorized when DeKalb County was formed out of Henry County following the 1821 Treaty of Indian Springs. On July 28, 1923 the newly formed Inferior Court of DeKalb County ordered that “new roads be cut out from Lot 246,” its chosen location for the county seat that would become the city of Decatur. The court appointed Naman Hardman (among others) to “view and designate the different routes…from Standing Peachtree to said lot.” Naman Hardman was an early settler in this part of DeKalb County who owned land between the two trails.

The road was fist called the Peachtree road, but in 1837 James Montgomery established a ferry crossing on the Chattahoochee River at Standing Peachtree. Subsequently this road became know as “the Montgomery Ferry road and then later, the North Decatur and Atlanta road.”

In 1905 with her own funds, Mrs. Amanda Powell Houston, Naman Hardman’s niece had erected beside this road a community chapel. Constructed of heart of pine lumber, it had an organ and seated sixty worshipers. Known as the Houston Chapel, it remained in service to the community until about
Trail to Standing Peachtree and Houston Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, August 3, 2008
2. Trail to Standing Peachtree and Houston Chapel Marker
1917, at which time it was moved approximately 1,000 feet south of this marker and converted to a residence for Rev. Ernest Moore. Moore resided in the former chapel until his death in 1992.
 
Location. 33° 47.438′ N, 84° 18.486′ W. Marker is near Decatur, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on North Decatur Road 0.2 miles west of Clairmont Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Chapmon Powell’s “Medicine House” and W.J. Houston Plantation (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site: J. Oliver Powell House Sherman's H'dq'rs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site: Judge James Paden House: Gen. J.D. Cox’s H’dq’rs (approx. ¾ mile away); Steatite Boulder (approx. 1.2 miles away); DeKalb County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Wheeler’s Cav. at Decatur (approx. 1.2 miles away); Houston Mill Millstone (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Decatur (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Decatur.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,145 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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