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Fargo in Clinch County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Stephen Collins Foster

 
 
Stephen Collins Foster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 19, 2010
1. Stephen Collins Foster Marker
Inscription.  
Erected in Memory of
Stephen Collins Foster
At the Source of the Stream
Which he made Immortal in Song
“Suwanee River”

 
Erected by Charles J. Haden.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 30° 40.967′ N, 82° 33.65′ W. Marker is in Fargo, Georgia, in Clinch County. Marker is on Georgia Route 94, 0.1 miles south of U.S. 441, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located in the parking area for the Visitors Center at the edge of the Suwanee River, at the western border of the Okefenokee Swamp. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fargo GA 31631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Okefenokee Swamp (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This is almost certainly the monument to Foster at this location mentioned in “Georgia: The WPA Guide to Its Towns and
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Regarding Stephen Collins Foster. The first lines of "Old Folks at Home," written by Foster in 1851, made the Suwanee River famous:
"Way down upon the Swanee River,
Far, far away."
(Foster misspelled the name of the river, which he had never seen.)
The Suwanee rises from the Okefenokee Swamp, exiting the swamp at this point as a river.
 
Stephen Collins Foster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 19, 2010
2. Stephen Collins Foster Marker
Stephen Collins Foster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 19, 2010
3. Stephen Collins Foster Marker
Looking south at the Visitors Center on the banks of the Suwanee River
Stephen Collins Foster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 19, 2010
4. Stephen Collins Foster Marker
Looking north through the parking lot, with Georgia Highway 94 just visible in the distance
Stephen C Foster State Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 23, 2008
5. Stephen C Foster State Park
The marker is located within Stephen C. Foster State Park, and within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,132 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5. submitted on February 22, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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