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By Mike Stroud, July 2, 2008
Dorchester Village Marker
Georgia (Liberty County), Dorchester — 89-19 — Dorchester Village
The village of Dorchester was settled in 1843, by families from Midway and Sunbury. It was named for the Dorchesters in England, Massachusetts and South Carolina, ancestral homes of the Midway people. Among the early settlers of the village were: . . . — Map (db m8940) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Flemington — 089-10 — Flemington Presbyterian Church
Organized in 1815 as the Church and Society of Gravel Hill, this was a branch of Midway Church. the Rev. Robert Quarterman was the first pastor. The first edifice was built in 1836 on land donated by Simon Fraser. This one was completed in 1850 . . . — Map (db m15798) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Fort Stewart — 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry — OEF 13
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Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Bradwell Institute
The town of Hinesville was established in 1837 and shortly thereafter, in 1841, the Hinesville Institute (or Academy) was established with Colonel James Sharpe Bradwell as its first headmaster. The first building was erected at a cost of $349.12 1/2 . . . — Map (db m58218) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Bradwell Park — 1974
In Memory of Samuel Dowse Bradwell Founder of Bradwell Institute on this site in 1871 Built by City of Hinesville with assistance from HUD and Liberty County Garden Garden Clubs ( Mayor and List of Councilmen ) — Map (db m9492) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Charlton Hines House
One of the first houses built in Hinesville after the town was established and became the county seat of Liberty County in 1837 was that of Charlton Hines, a state senator and for whom the town was named. This house, considerably altered, was built . . . — Map (db m41645) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — 089-22 — Fort Morris Cannon
This small cannon was a part of the armament of historic Fort Morris at Sunbury during the American Revolution. In November, 1778, a superior British force from Florida under Colonel Fuser of the 60th Regiment besieged the Fort. To the ultimatum to . . . — Map (db m8995) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Gum Branch Baptist Church
This church was organized in 1833 as the Gum Branch Primitive Baptist Church by members of Beard’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Among the charter members were Samuel and David Delk. The land for the church was given by Fashau Long, Jr. In . . . — Map (db m58145) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Harrison Family Cemetery
Although the gravestones have been destroyed by weathering and vandalism, it is believed that about a dozen people are buried in this family cemetery. William Harrison died March 30, 1883, in the 72nd year of his age. His wife, Sarah Sylvester Smith . . . — Map (db m58223) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Hinesville and Liberty County WWII Veterans Monument
. . . — Map (db m41684) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Hinesville Methodist Church
The year 1837 marked the founding of Hinesville and the establishment of the Hinesville Methodist Church. For one hundred years this was the only church in Hinesville. The first services were held in a small frame building near the Bradwell . . . — Map (db m8996) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — 089-4A — Liberty Armory Site — ←—«
Returning from the Revolution, the soldiers of Liberty County re-organized themselves into a troop of cavalry, known as the Liberty Dragoons, later the Liberty Independent Troop, the oldest cavalry company in Georgia. In continuous existence since . . . — Map (db m8998) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — 089-1 — Liberty County
Liberty County, an original county, was created by the Consitution of Feb. 5, 1777 from Creek Cession of May 20, 1733. It had been organized in 1758 as the Parishes of St. John, St. Andrew, and St. James, the theatre of many important events during . . . — Map (db m9199) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Liberty County Confederate Monument — 1861-1865
War Between The States "Lord God of hosts defend us yet Lest we forget. lest we forget." — Map (db m9244) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — M1A1 90mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Replacing the aging 3-inch gun as the staple of Army heavy antiaircraft artillery at the dawn of the war, the 90mm gun went on to earn a well deserved place among the finest artillery pieces fielded by the Allies in World War II. Intended to meet . . . — Map (db m41683) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Old Liberty County Jail
While this building was not Liberty County's first jail, it served longer than any previous jail. When in was built in 1892 the jail had "all the modern improvements and conveniences of a first class prison." Eighty years later it was condemned by . . . — Map (db m41682) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and Camp Meeting
Pleasant Grove A.M.E. Church was organized June 29, 1869 at Taylors Creek, GA. Rev. Piner Martin was the first pastor. The first church, a small frame house, was named A.M.E. Church of the U.S.A. Sixteen acres of land were later purchased to build a . . . — Map (db m15709) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — 089-24 — Skirmish at Hinesville
On Dec. 16, 1864, a detachment of the 7th Illinois Infantry (mounted) foraging near the right flank of Gen. Sherman's army (US) which was then closing in on Savannah, met here in Hinesville a detachment of cavalry from Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson's . . . — Map (db m15185) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — 089-18 — Taylors Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery
Taylors Creek Methodist Church was organized in 1807, by the Rev. Angus McDonald, with seven members, including James Darsey, Mrs. James Darsey, and Robert Hendry. A village soon grew up around the church, and was for many years a trading center for . . . — Map (db m15740) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Hinesville — The Bacon-Fraser House
The Bacon-Fraser House was built on a 23 acre tract situated on the eastern boundary of the town of Hinesville in 1839 by Mary Jane Bacon, widow of Major John Bacon. The house has been owned and lived in by their heirs until the present time. The . . . — Map (db m15844) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), McIntosh — Union Brotherhood Society
(Front text) William Mckinley Walthour, Sr. founded the Union Brotherhood Society or "The Society" in March 1932 to help provide for a proper burial of Negro citizens. During this period of segregation and Jim Crow Laws, Negroes were . . . — Map (db m9491) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-1 — "Hall's Knoll" — Home of Dr. Lyman Hall »—→
Home-site of Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the First Continental Congress, Governor of Georgia, member of Midway Congregational church near here. Graduate of Yale University, (1747). Born in Wallingford, Conn., . . . — Map (db m8786) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Athletic Programs at Dorchester Academy 1926-1940 — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
Founding the athletic programs was considered one of Principal Elizabeth Moore's greatest achievements. School teams came to be known as the Dorchester Academy Tigers and Tigerettes, with "Shag" the tiger as their mascot. Dorchester Academy . . . — Map (db m9056) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Brigadier General Daniel Stewart
This Stone Marks The Spot Where Beside His Wife And Children Repose The Remains Of Brigadier General Daniel Stewart in recognition of whose life and services The Congress of the United States has reared a monument . . . — Map (db m9193) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Brigadier General James Screven
This Stone Marks The Spot Where Repose The Remains Of Brigadier General James Screven In recognition of whose life and services The Congress of the United States has reared a monument in this cemetery. He was . . . — Map (db m9198) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-2 — Button Gwinnett
In this, Saint John`s Parish, (now Liberty County), lived Button Gwinnett, signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, Speaker of the Assembly, and President of the Executive Council. He also was a member of the . . . — Map (db m8784) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Civil Liberties at Dorchester Cooperative Center 1940 - present — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
In an effort to involve Liberty County African Americans in politics, the Dorchester Cooperative Center (DCC) began to help organize African American Voters. The DCC taught local African Americans the United States and Georgia constitutions, . . . — Map (db m8968) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-26 — Dorchester Academy
Formal education of blacks started with the Freedmen's Bureau in Liberty County. The Homestead School was continued with the aid of the American Missionary Association (AMA) and support of Reconstruction legislator William A. Golding. The AMA . . . — Map (db m15511) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-27 — Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory
This Georgian Revival building, built in 1934 to replace an earlier structure destroyed by fire, was once part of an extensive school campus begun in 1871 by the American Missionary Association. The school, founded to serve the educational needs of . . . — Map (db m89833) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-11 — Dorchester Presbyterian Church
This church, built in 1854 on a lot of four acres donated by B.A. Busbee, was first used for summer services only. On January 6, 1871, it was admitted into the Savannah Presbytery as an organized church of 14 members. The Rev. J. W. Montgomery was . . . — Map (db m8933) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Dr. Lyman Hall
Dr. Lyman Hall was a Georgia signer of The Declaration Of Independence. He represented Saint John's Parish in the Continental Congress, and was a delegate from Georgia to the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia. He was a founder . . . — Map (db m8785) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Elizabeth Moore at Dorchester Academy 1925-1932 — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
In 1925, Elizabeth B. Moore began her six-year tenure as Dorchester Academy's only female, African American principal. She insisted that both parents and community accept responsibility for supporting the school. She believed that charity and . . . — Map (db m9036) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 89-17 — General James Screven — Killed in Battle Here
On November 24, 1778, General James Screven was mortally wounded in a battle fought near this spot. With General Screven in the action were Major James Jackson, Colonel John White, Capt. Celerine Brusard and Capt. Edward Young, with 100 . . . — Map (db m16070) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — In Memory of Button Gwinnett and Dr. Lyman Hall
Members of the Midway Colony Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Governors of Georgia — Map (db m41706) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — James Screven and Daniel Stewart
[North Face]: 1750           1778 Sacred to the Memory of Brigadier General James Screven who fell, covered with wounds, at Sunbury, near this spot, on the 22nd day of November, 1778. He died on the 24th day of November, . . . — Map (db m9191) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-25 — Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church
On Dec. 13, 1864, Murray's brigade of Kilpatrick's cavalry division (USA), scouting in the right rear of Gen. Sherman's army, which was then closing in on Savannah, moved south into Liberty County. After driving back the 29th Georgia Cavalry . . . — Map (db m41685) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Lambert Plantation
Just east of here was the 863 acre plantation of John Lambert which he purchased in 1784. John Lambert was born in south Carolina in 1716 and died at his plantation here in December 1786. He is buried in the Midway Cemetery. He never married and, . . . — Map (db m8948) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Liberty County Citizen's Council 1946 - 1953 — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
The Errosion of the Franchise With the passage of the 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution in 1868 and 1869, African Americans were granted full citizenship and the right to vote. In less than a decade, nearly 100,000 black . . . — Map (db m9065) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Midway Cemetery
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m9470) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Midway Church
Built in 1792. Replaced Colonial meeting house burned by British in 1778. Sherman’s cavalry camped here in 1864. Midway settlement produced many of Georgia’s most famous men. — Map (db m8253) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Midway Congregational Church — Erected 1792
Organized in 1754 by the descendants of an English Colony which came first to Massachusetts 1630 to Connecticut 1635 to South Carolina 1695 and to Georgia 1752 Built on the same spot as the church which was burned by the British in . . . — Map (db m8999) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Midway Congregational Church 1872 - Present — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
The Old Midway Congregational Church, two miles east on U.S. Highway 17, was formed by whites (Puritans & Congregationalists ) when they settled in Liberty County. They were driven to church by their black slaves who were allowed to sit in . . . — Map (db m9070) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Midway Museum
Established by South Carolina Calvinists of English and Scottish extraction in 1752, the small settlement of Midway became `the cradle of the Revolutionary spirit in Georgia`. Two of Georgia`s three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Lyman . . . — Map (db m8941) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Nathan Brownson
Georgia Colonial governor, trustee of the proposed University of Georgia, physician, Nathan Brownson became governor of Georgia in 1781, serving until Jan. 1782. Prior to this time Brownson served as a member of the Provencial Congress which met in . . . — Map (db m8942) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — New Life For Dorchester Academy 1932-1940 — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
J. Roosevelt Jenkins, who was Dorchester Academy's assistant principal, science teacher and athletic director, replaced Elizabeth Moore as principal after her death in 1932. He continued to strengthen the school's curriculum and the . . . — Map (db m9058) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-8 — Old Sunbury Road — ←—«
The highway entering here is the Sunbury Road which once served as an arterial vehicular route from the interior of Georgia to the town of Sunbury, a former leading port and educational center, located 11 miles to the eastward on the Midway River. . . . — Map (db m8943) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Road to Sunbury — 1734
Important Colonial port of entry. First Masonic Lodge meeting in Georgia believed held here February 1734 with Oglethorpe as Master. — Map (db m8252) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — S.C.L.C. and the Voter Education Program 1962-1970 — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
Citizenship Schools Dorchester Cooperative Center played a key role in the struggle for civil rights and the vote. In 1954, Septima Clarke, a school teacher from Charleston, SC and Esau Jenkins, a farmer and school bus driver from Johns . . . — Map (db m9066) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 17 C-6 — Savannah-New Inverness Road — 1736
This highway follows an old colonial road constructed in 1736 as a measure of defense against the Spanish and Spanish Indians by connecting the fighting Scotch Highlanders at New Inverness (now Darien) with Savannah. It was surveyed and cleared by . . . — Map (db m8944) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-14 — Sunbury and Fort Morris — ››—11 mi.→
he old town of Sunbury, 11 miles East on this road, was a leading port, said to rival Savannah in commercial importance. It was the first Seat of Justice of Liberty County. Sunbury Academy, established in 1788, was in its time the most famous School . . . — Map (db m8961) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — The Growth Of Dorchester Academy 1874 - 1930s — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
In 1872, African Americans from Liberty County began another letter writing campaign; this time for a teacher to replace Eliza Ann Ward. They requested that their next teacher be both a teacher and a minister. In the spring of 1874, the community . . . — Map (db m89834) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — 089-12B — The Rev. Mr. John Osgood
This is the grave of Rev. Mr. John Osgood, who came to Midway with the first settlers in 1754 from Dorchester, S.C., and served them faithfully as their minister and friend until his final sermon, May 5, 1773. born in Dorchester, one of their own . . . — Map (db m8945) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — The Story of the "Bell" at Dorchester Academy — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
The Midway Congregational Church bell played a very important role in the lives of Dorchester Academy students. It kept time by ringing with an echo that could be heard seven to ten miles away. The bell rang every day at six, seven, eight, nine, . . . — Map (db m9071) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
In November 1870, William A. Golding, an African American member of the Georgia Legislature, wrote the American Missionary Association (AMA) on behalf of the people of Liberty County requesting a teacher. "They want a teacher," he wrote, . . . — Map (db m9033) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Midway — Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s — Dorchester Academy — Museum Of African American History
The Industrial Arts Department at Dorchester Academy taught students practical skills they could use in everyday life. The boys took classes in farming, woodworking, iron-working, and architecture. The girls were instructed in cooking, sewing, . . . — Map (db m9057) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Retreat — 089-3 — LeConte Botanical Gardens — »— 5 —→
Five miles west of here on the old Post Road, the southern most postal route in America, is the site of the home and botanical garden of Louis LeConte, naturalist, mathematician, and scholar, for whom the famous LeConte Pear was named. A native of . . . — Map (db m9079) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Riceboro — First African Baptist Church
The First African Baptist Church, the oldest black church in Liberty County, had its origins in the North Newport Baptist Church, founded in 1809. In 1818 the North Newport Church, composed of both white and black members, purchased this site and . . . — Map (db m9175) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Riceboro — 089-13 — Riceborough
Near the old North Newport Bridge, a short distance East of here, the Court House Square for Liberty County was laid out by Act of February 1, 1797. Riceborough was then the Seat of justice for Liberty County, and a Court House and Public Buildings . . . — Map (db m9100) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Riceboro — 089-23 — Simon Munro — ←—0.6mi—«
In the family cemetery on this plantation, Westfield, Simon Munro, donor of the silver communion service used for many years in old Midway Congregational church, is buried. Early in the Revolutionary War, Simon Munro, a resident of St. John`s . . . — Map (db m9200) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Riceboro — William Bartram Trail — Traced 1773-1777 — Deep South Region
In 1773 William Bartram, here viewed Woodmanston Plantation, later the home of his friend, Naturalist John E. LeConte. — Map (db m8994) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Riceboro — Woodmanston Plantation
Established in 1760 by William and John Eatton LeConte, Woodmanston became one of Georgia`s earliest inland swamp rice plantations. In spite of Indian attacks and marauding armies during the Revolution, Woodmanston prospered. In 1810 control of . . . — Map (db m9020) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Screven Fork — Old Post Road
This road on the right was established in 1736 by Gen. James Oglethorpe. First postal route south of Savannah Stage Coach Road and line of march of Revolutionary Soldiers. Saint John's Parish Chapter Daughters of the American . . . — Map (db m9002) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), South Newport — 089-16 — Skirmish in Bulltown Swamp
In November of 1778, Lieut. Col. James Mark Prevost, with 100 British Regulars, and 300 Refugees and Indians under McGirth, crossed the Altamaha River and moved into Georgia, killing or taking prisoner all men they found, and ravaging the . . . — Map (db m16082) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — Colonel's Island
Until about 1778 this island was called Bermuda, but afterward called Colonel’s Island because of the large number of colonels having plantations here. Major plantations included “Woodville,” “Herron’s Point,” . . . — Map (db m62921) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — 089-12A — Fort Morris
Erected at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, to guard the Port of Sunbury and St. John`s Parish. Fort Morris was an enclosed earthwork in the shape of an irregular quadrangle. Surrounded by a parapet and moat. It contained a parade of about an . . . — Map (db m8950) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — Saint John's Lodge Number Six
Saint John`s Lodge Number Six, of Sunbury, Free and accepted Masons, was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Georgia, April 21, 1777, in Masonry 5777. Under an Act of the Legislature of Georgia, February 6, 1796, The Grand Lodge was incorporated and . . . — Map (db m9292) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — 089-4B — Sunbury — Home of Many Famous Persons
Many famous persons lived in the town of Sunbury. Among them was Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the home of Richard Howley and Nathan Brownson, later governors of Georgia; of John Elliott and Alfred Cuthbert, . . . — Map (db m8953) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — 089-20 — Sunbury Cemetery
In this cemetery are buried men and women whose lives contributed much to the early history of Georgia. Among these were the Rev. Wm. McWhir, D.D., and his wife. the Rev. Mr. McWhir was for 30 years the Principal of the famous Sunbury Academy. . . . — Map (db m9240) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — The Dead Town Of Sunbury
As General James Oglethorpe explored this area along the Medway River in 1734, he marveled at its potential for a seaport city. Captain Mark Carr was a member of Oglethorpe's regiment and an early settler in this area of Georgia. As trade . . . — Map (db m9201) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — The Famous Sunbury "Masonic" Oak
[West Face]: Northeast of this spot stood the famous Sunbury Oak of early Colonial Masonic legend. The tree is said to have been of tremendous size and provided an ideal place for safe, comfortable campsites. The legend of the . . . — Map (db m9481) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — The Old Sunbury Road
The bustling seaport of Sunbury was once the largest city of this region of Georgia. Sunbury was the destination for many trading ships loaded with cargo from regions around the world. Rum, sugar, and slaves arrived from the West Indies. . . . — Map (db m17242) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Sunbury — The Sunbury Cemetery
( Left Text ) The plan of Sunbury consisted of three community-owned squares: King's Square, Meeting Square, and Church Square. You are standing in the area that was once Church Square. This 350 by 350-foot area held the church to the . . . — Map (db m9239) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Walthourville — City of Walthourville History
( Front text ) Walthourville, Georgia Incorporated in 1974 "Organized by Women, Supported by Men" Honoring Mayor Lyndol Anderson The first mayor of the city of Walthourville, who was appointed by Governor Jimmy . . . — Map (db m15811) HM
Georgia (Liberty County), Walthourville — Walthourville Baptist Church
Founded in 1809, the North Newport Baptist Church has had several homes over the years. In 1923 the Church moved to this location and in 1952 the Church voted and renamed the church Walthourville Baptist Church. The original church did not have a . . . — Map (db m15800) HM

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