Madison in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The community of Bethany, anchored by the Bethany Baptist Church, appears on maps after 1915. A church congregation was established before then at nearby Alliston’s Grove; however, tradition holds that they disbanded after the Civil War. In 1869, two acres of land were given from the Baldwin Estate to the Bethany Baptist Church Trustees, some of whom had previously been members of Alliston’s Grove. The deed for the land indicates that a school had already been established in this community, and in 1915, an educational survey of Morgan County identifies the Bethany school as, "...highly improved and beautified..." (with) "...drives and walks, flowers and vines, pavilion and play houses... playgrounds, tennis, may pole, etc.
Unlike many rural communities, Bethany did not develop on a railroad line, but was situated on a main thoroughfare between Madison and Eatonton in Shepherd's Militia District. Post office records from 1900 indicate the community was comprised of about 500 individuals. In 1897
The small community of Zachry, also located in Shepherd's District, was located eight miles south of Bethany; it was the site of a small community of houses, a cotton gin, and a general store.
Because of the individuals who take pride in this community, Bethany is recognized as a significant part of our county history.
Erected 2009 by Morgan County Bicentennial Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
Location. 33° 31.73′ N, 83° 25.382′ W. Marker is in Madison, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Bethany Church Road and Crawford Road, on the right when traveling north on Bethany Church Road. The marker stands in front of the Bethany Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1080 Bethany Church Road, Madison GA 30650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Springfield (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fairview (approx. 2.4 miles away); Seven Islands Road (approx. 2.9 miles away); Early Public Forum Federal Raid (approx. 4.4 miles away); Buckhead (approx. 4½ miles away); Progressive Experiment (approx. 5 miles away); Advanced Education Center (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.