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Athens in Monroe County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Athens

 
 
Athens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
1. Athens Marker
Inscription.  N. E. 4 mi. From date of incorporation in 1830 to 1836 it was Monroe Co. seat. S. J. Gholson, J. M. Tucker, & Reuben Davis lived here. River and railway traffic brought about its decline.
 
Erected 1956 by Mississippi Historical Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 33° 52.305′ N, 88° 26.553′ W. Marker is in Athens, Mississippi, in Monroe County. Marker is on Beeks Road south of Athens Quincy Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aberdeen MS 39730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DeSoto Expedition (approx. 6˝ miles away); Wise's Gap 1816 (approx. 6.6 miles away); Aberdeen Mississippi Blues (approx. 6.6 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Dr. W. A. Evans (approx.
Athens Marker at the old Athens Jail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
2. Athens Marker at the old Athens Jail.
This jail was constructed in 1845 by Joshua Toomer.
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6.9 miles away); Aberdeen (approx. 7 miles away); Brigadier General John Gregg (approx. 7.1 miles away); Judge Eugene O. Sykes (approx. 7.1 miles away).
 
Regarding Athens. Samuel J. Gholson, a United States Congressman, judge, attorney, and Confederate general in the Civil War.

Athens served as county seat from 1830–36 and then again from 1842–1850, however there was no courthouse built in Athens for the second turn as county seat.
 
View of marker north towards the Athens Baptist Church on right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
3. View of marker north towards the Athens Baptist Church on right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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