Trenton in Dade County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Cole Plantation and Bethlehem Cemetery
Historic Dade County
Cole was a prosperous planter at the time of the 1860 Federal census, living with his wife and three children. With a plantation on Squirrel Town Creek, he was one of the best-known slave owners in Dade County. He had a deserved reputation for fair treatment of his slaves, and once paid considerably more to keep a young man from being separated from his family.
During the late summer of 1863, when it had became apparent that
The war devastated Cole's plantation and left William I. Cole destitute. He often wondered what had become of his slaves that he had sent south. Then, one day as he was looking down the lane he saw a band of Negroes coming toward the house. As they drew closer, he could see that Adaline led them. Although they were no longer slaves, all of the faithful Blacks had come home. Adaline opened her small bundle of possessions and return to Cole all of the thousand dollars in gold that he had trusted her with during the war. He was able to use the money to rebuild the plantation.
As was the custom on most plantations of the day, a cemetery was established on a hill side about a quarter of a mile from the main house. This became the Bethlehem Cemetery. On the upper left side of the cemetery there are a large number of graves
Erected by Georgia Civil War Commission and State of Dade Camp 707, S.C.V.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 34° 56.343′ N, 85° 29.051′ W. Marker is in Trenton, Georgia, in Dade County. Marker is on Slygo Road (County Route 143) 0.3 miles south of Hales Gap Road (County Route 200), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1951 Slygo Road, Trenton GA 30752, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cole Plantation and Academy (approx. 0.7 miles away); The O'Neal House (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Redding House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Macon Iron Works (approx. 3.9 miles away); Running Water Creek Bridge (approx. 4.6 miles away in Tennessee); Trenton (approx. 4.8 miles away); Dade County (approx. 4.8 miles away); Chief Wauhatchie’s Home (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
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