Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The lime used in tabby was made by burning oyster shell taken from Indian Shell Mounds, the trash piles of the Indians. The word tabby is African in origin, with an Arabic background, and means "a wall made of earth or masonry." This method of building was brought to America by the Spaniards. When the Coquina (shell rock) quarries near St. Augustine were opened, hewn stone superseded tabby for wall construction there. Coastal Georgia has no coquina, so tabby continued to be used even as late as the 1890s.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 63-16.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 6.105′ N, 81° 24.879′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major William Horton (here, next to this marker); Horton House Historic Site (a few steps from this marker); Poulain DuBignon and DuBignon Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Horton House Historical Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Horton House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Le Sieur Christophe Anne Poulain Du Bignon (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Horton House Historical Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
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