Crawfordville in Taliaferro County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Site of Childhood Home of Richard Malcolm Johnston
Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822–1898), educator and author, was born at Powelton. Later, his father moved to Crawfordville for better school facilities for his children. The Powelton home was torn down and reerected on this site. Johnston was educated at old Crawfordville Academy and Mercer University. Among his best known works are “Dukesborough Tales,” “Old Mark Langston,” and with W.H. Browne, “Alexander H. Stephens.” Stephens is said to have received his idea of keeping open house at “Liberty Hall” from the great hospitality of the Johnston family in their home across the street.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 131-16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
Location. 33° 33.406′ N, 82° 53.7′ W. Marker is in Crawfordville, Georgia, in Taliaferro County. Marker is on Park Street just east of Memorial Street. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crawfordville Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Liberty Hall (about 400 feet away); Crawfordville Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Taliaferro County World Wars Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roselle Mercier Montgomery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Tavern Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crawfordville Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawfordville.
Also see . . .
1. Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822–1898). New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry:
“Johnston’s writing has been called a bridge between antebellum humor and postbellum local color traditions. In his four novels and six other collections of stories, he never strayed far from the themes he explored in Dukesborough Tales, which included schooling, law, marriage, death, religion, paternalism, and the psychological conflict within rural families over such issues as land greed.” (Submitted on January 17, 2009.)
2. Autobiography of Col. Richard Malcolm Johnston. Documenting the American South website entry:
“Some years ago my friend Henry M. Alden, at whose house I was staying for the night, said that I ought to write a book telling reminiscences of myself and (Submitted on January 17, 2009.)
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