Americus in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
This County, created by Act of the Legislature December 26, 1831, is named for Gen. Thomas Sumter of South Carolina who fought in the French & Indian Wars and Revolution. At Andersonville was located the famous and unjustly criticized Confederate prison camp. Five miles N. East of Americus at Souther Field, Charles Lindbergh made his first solo flight in 1923 in a newly purchased Gov't. surplus plane. Among the first County Officers were: Sheriff John Kimmey, Clerk of Superior Court Jacob W. Cobb, Clerk of Inferior Court Simmons C. Morgan and Coroner Larkin Glover.
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 129-1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 26, 1831.
Location. 32° 4.299′ N, 84° 14.315′ W. Marker is in Americus, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker can be reached from South Dudley Street just south Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 West Lamar Street, Americus GA 31709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sumter County in the Civil Rights Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Elm Tree (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Poverty Housing: A Global Epidemic (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Asia/Pacific (approx. 0.2 miles away); Deadly Insects (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Latin America/Caribbean (approx. 0.2 miles away); How blocks are made (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Africa/Middle East (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Americus.
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1. Sumter County. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry:
Many of the county's earliest white residents acquired their land through an 1827 state land lottery and, like many of those moving into southwest Georgia at the time, quickly turned their property into cotton farms and plantations. Slaves, of course, were integral to that formula for economic success, and Sumter residents owned nearly 4,000 of them by 1850. (Submitted on May 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Sumter County, Georgia. Wikipedia entry:
Sumter County counts (Submitted on May 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.