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

Oldest Industry in Charlton

Oldest Industry in Charlton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randy Rain, May 31, 2007
1. Oldest Industry in Charlton Marker
Inscription.  This mill pond marks the site of Major Archibald Clark's sawmill, the oldest industry in what is now Charlton County. Built about 1802, this mill with upright saws was operated by water power, and lumber shipped down the St. Marys River.

Major Clark was Collector of the Port of St. Marys, and during the War of 1812 refused the demand of the British to turn over to them all Government funds. In reprisal, British forces ascended the St. Marys to burn Major Clark's mill. They were turned back by Capt Wm. Cone with 28 men, and the mill was saved to operate for many years, until suplanted by steam mills.
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 024-5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1802.
Location. 30° 47.791′ N, 82° 2.126′ W. Marker is in Folkston, Georgia, in Charlton County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route
Oldest Industry in Charlton Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 19, 2010
2. Oldest Industry in Charlton Marker
The marker (right) stands with two other Georgia Historical Commission markers at the old road to Trader's Hill.
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121, on the left when traveling south on State Route 121. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Folkston GA 31537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Masonic Lodge in Charlton County (here, next to this marker); Trader's Hill (Fort Alert) (here, next to this marker); Sardis Church (approx. half a mile away); Okefenokee Swamp (approx. 2.8 miles away); Henry Roddenberry (approx. 3 miles away); Charlton County (approx. 3 miles away); Central Dixie Highway (approx. 3 miles away); Center Village or Centerville (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Folkston.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2008, by Randy Rain of Sanderson, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,303 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 16, 2008, by Randy Rain of Sanderson, Florida.   2. submitted on February 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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