Near Eatonton in Putnam County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Here, from 1862 to 1866, Joel Chandler Harris, author of "Uncle Remus", lived and worked as a printer's apprentice on what was probably the only newspaper ever printed on a Southern plantation, "The Countryman," a weekly newspaper edited and published by Joseph Addison Turner, owner of "Turnwold." Mr. Turner, planter, lawyer, scholar and writer, encouraged his youthful apprentice in writing and the use of the large plantation library. In the slave quarters, the boy Harris heard African animal legends and the true Negro folklore of the old South, which he immortalized in his "Uncle Remus" stories.
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 117-4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Landmarks. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 33° 22.8′ N, 83° 16.59′ W. Marker is near Eatonton, Georgia, in Putnam County. Marker is on Old Phoenix Road north of Sparta Highway Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eatonton GA 31024, 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. Philadelphia United Methodist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hillsborough (approx. 2˝ miles away); Site of First Log Courthouse (approx. 2˝ miles away); Mrs. Beall's Mill (approx. 4 miles away); Rockville School (approx. 5 miles away); Georgia 4-H Center (approx. 6.1 miles away); Rock Eagle Mound (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of the Home and Private School of Adiel Sherwood (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eatonton.
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Also see . . .
1. Joel Chandler Harris (1845-1908). New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on June 24, 2006.)
2. Uncle Remus Stories. This site includes 35 complete stories and links to books in print. (Submitted on June 24, 2006.)
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