Near Jesup in Wayne County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Doctortown was the major crossing point of the Altamaha River from the days when the Alachua Indian Path crossed there until WW II, when the Georgia Defense Forces and a Coast Guard Unit guarded the bridges against the threat of German sabotage. It was for many years the only road and railcrossing in this area of the coastal plain, thus making it a vital shipping and travel point. As a steamboat landing, Doctortown provided river access to important overland routes.
Doctortown was an important target for Gen. Sherman's troops on the March to the Sea and was the site of an unsuccessful assault in December, 1864.
After the Civil War, Doctortown became an industrial center for the South Georgia timber and paper industry as the site of large sawmills and the worlds largest pulp mill (1992).
Erected 1992 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1864.
Location. 31° 39.014′ N, 81° 49.957′ W. Marker is near Jesup, Georgia, in Wayne County. Marker is on Doctortown Road when traveling south. Located to the south of Savannah Highway (US 25/84/301). The location may now be on private property, but was documented accessible as late as 1998. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jesup GA 31545, 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. The Defense of the Altamaha Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Franklinia Altamaha (approx. 2.2 miles away); Wayne County Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Wayne County (approx. 4.2 miles away); Alexander Jackson Gordon (approx. 4.3 miles away); Long County Timeline Mural (approx. 6.6 miles away); Long County (approx. 6.7 miles away); Historic Roads And Indian Trails (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jesup.
1. Access to Doctortown Marker
As of January, 2008 (and for some
The stated reason for the lack of public access is to keep the public from an unguarded railroad crossing just beyond the marker.
— Submitted April 15, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,089 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on April 15, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.