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

Old Coffee Road

Old Coffee Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Brown, May 13, 2009
1. Old Coffee Road Marker
Inscription.  The highway leading north and south at this point is the Old Coffee Road, earliest vehicular and postal route of this section. Beginning at Swain's Ferry on the Ocmulgee River, it ran this way to the Florida Line via today's Lax, Nashville, Cecil, Barwick and Thomasville. The thouroughfare was opened in 1823 by order of the State under the superintendence of General John Coffee and Thomas Swain. Near this place the Coffee Road was crossed by the Columbus-St. Mary's Road which was opened by the State in the mid-1830's. In its day, the latter route was the longest thouroughfare in Georgia.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 077-1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1823.
Location. 31° 28.409′ N, 83° 7.509′ W. Marker is in Ocilla, Georgia, in Irwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Coffee Road (Georgia Route 158) and Georgia Route 90, on the
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left when traveling west on Old Coffee Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ocilla GA 31774, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dorminy's Meeting House Young's Meeting House Brushy Creek (approx. 7.9 miles away); Bank of Alapaha (approx. 8.6 miles away); Irwin County Veterans Memorial (approx. 11 miles away); Veterans of All Wars Memorial (approx. 11 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 11 miles away); Irwin County (approx. 11 miles away); Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (approx. 11.6 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Tracing the route of the Old Coffee Road.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2009, by Brian Brown of Fitzgerald, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,057 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photo   1. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Brian Brown of Fitzgerald, Georgia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Jun. 4, 2023