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

Herty Field

Herty Field Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, February 10, 2008
1. Herty Field Marker
Inscription.  This marker overlooks the site of the first intercollegiate football game played in the state of Georgia and one of the first to be played in the deep south. On January 30, 1892 Georgia defeated Mercer College 50 to 0 on the stubbly grounds that served as an athletic field. Several hundred spectators watched from the sidelines, some of them spilling out on the playing ground. Students living in New College close by the field had a splendid view of the action from their dormitory windows.

Georgia played all its home games on this field until 1911 when a new field was constructed off Lumpkin Street. The old grounds were thereafter used for informal intramural games and as a drill field for the R.O.T.C. trainees.

The original field, later converted into a parking lot, was named in honor of Dr. Charles H. Herty, professor of chemistry at the University and sports enthusiast. He introduced football to the college boys and was unofficial coach and trainer of the early teams. Herty later earned fame as a scientist in the development of the turpentine and pine pulpwood industry.
Erected 1991
Herty Field Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, September 25, 2022
2. Herty Field Marker
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by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 029-17.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSports. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1936.
Location. 33° 57.373′ N, 83° 22.548′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is on Herty Drive south of Broad Street (U.S. 78), on the right when traveling south. The marker is located on Herty Field, in front of Moore College. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chapel Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Toombs Oak (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Red and Black (about 300 feet away); First Garden Club (about 400 feet away); Site of First Classes (about 400 feet away); Abraham Baldwin (about 400 feet away); Old College (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Abraham Baldwin (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,700 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 23, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on September 25, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 7, 2022