Gov. Heardís Home
Off this road lies the site of Heardmont, home of Governor Stephen Heard, 1740 - 1815 and “Godís Acre,” the family cemetery where he lies buried. A ten acre park surrounding the site is owned and maintained by the Stephen Heard Chapter, D.A.R. A Virginian of Irish descent, Heard came to Georgia, establishing Heardís Fort, now Washington, Ga., in 1773, and fighting with Elijah Clarke at the Battle of Kettle Creek where he was was captured. As President of the Council, he was de facto Governor for a period in 1781.
After moving to Heardmont, he was one of three who settled the site of Elberton.
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 052-4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1740.
Location. 34° 4.397′ N, 82° 44.65′ W. Marker is near Elberton, Georgia, in Elbert County. Marker is at the intersection
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Old Dan Tucker" (here, next to this marker); Bethlehem Methodist Church (approx. 3Ĺ miles away); Colonistsí Crossing (approx. 5.3 miles away); Nancy Hart Cabin (approx. 5.8 miles away); Nancy Hart (approx. 6.2 miles away); Olin D. Johnston Memorial Boulevard (approx. 6.2 miles away in South Carolina); Millwood (approx. 6.2 miles away in South Carolina); Battle of Cherokee Ford (approx. 6.4 miles away); Vanís Creek Baptist Church (approx. 7 miles away); The Christmas Tree House (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elberton.
Also see . . .
1. Stephen Heard - New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on December 1, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. Stephen Heard. Stephen Heard (November 1, 1740 – November 15, 1815) was briefly the 12th Governor of Georgia from when he was appointed on February 18, 1780 until Nathan Brownson was elected the tenth Governor of Georgia in August 1781 (Myrick Davies served as president of the council in 1781 and is listed by some as de facto chief executive for some period of time). (Submitted on May 9, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Battle of Kettle Creek(Submitted on December 10, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Elijah Clarke. Elijah Clarke (1733 – December 15, 1799), born in Anson County, North Carolina, was a Continental Army officer and hero of the American Revolutionary War serving in the southern theater. (Submitted on December 10, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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