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Colonial Park

 
 
Colonial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Colonial Park Marker
Inscription.  This cemetery, the second in colonial Savannah, was the burying ground for the city from about 1750 until it was closed against burials in 1853.

Among the distinguished dead who rest here are Archibald Bulloch, first President of Georgia; James Habersham, acting royal Governor of the Province, 1771-'73; Joseph Habersham, Postmaster General under three Presidents; Lachlan McIntosh, Major General, Continental Army; Samuel Elbert, Revolutionary soldier and Governor of Georgia; Capt. Denis L. Cottineau de Kerloguen who aided John Paul Jones in the engagement between the "Bon Homme Richard" and the "Serapis"; Hugh McCall, early historian of Georgia; Edward Green Malbone, the noted miniaturist, and Colonel John S. McIntosh, a hero of the War with Mexico.

The remains of Major General Nathanael Greene who died in 1786 reposed in the Graham vault until they were reinterred in 1901 in Johnson Square.

The cemetery became a city park in 1896.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-20.)
 
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Location. 32° 4.539′ N, 81° 5.418′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Oglethorpe Ave and Abercorn St, on the right. Located just inside the gates at the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Clay, Patriot (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) (within shouting distance of this marker); William Stephens (within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Berrien (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Gwinnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh McCall (1767-1823) (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Habersham (1751-1815)
Colonial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Colonial Park Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); James Habersham (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Colonial Park. Colonial Park Cemetery was not the first Colonial cemetery. From 1733 to 1750, colonists were buried in a cemetery on Percival Square (now Wright Square) on a site since developed with a high-rise building.
 
Also see . . .  Colonial Park Cemetery. More than 700 of those people were victims of the yellow fever epidemic of 1820. (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Colonial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Colonial Park Marker
Colonial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
4. Colonial Park Marker
Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
5. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
6. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
7. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
8. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
9. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
10. Colonial Park Cemetery
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11. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
12. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
13. Colonial Park Cemetery
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Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
14. Colonial Park Cemetery
Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
15. Colonial Park Cemetery
D.A. R. Entrance Gate image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
16. D.A. R. Entrance Gate
Gate Close-up on Left Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
17. Gate Close-up on Left Side
Gate Close-up Right Side image. Click for full size.
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18. Gate Close-up Right Side
Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
19. Colonial Park Cemetery
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20. Colonial Park
Headstones propped up image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
21. Headstones propped up
Along the wall of the cemetery, you'll notice the headstones propped up here. These were some the many headstones that were removed by General Sherman's troops, when they set up camp in the cemetery. No one knows where they belong.
Colonial Park, looking northeast from center of the cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
22. Colonial Park, looking northeast from center of the cemetery
There are two historical markers in view.
Colonial Park looking north image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
23. Colonial Park looking north
Colonial Park Cemetery, looking west, with the Savannah skyline in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
24. Colonial Park Cemetery, looking west, with the Savannah skyline in the background
Colonial Park Bulloch grave, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 13, 2008
25. Colonial Park Bulloch grave, as mentioned
An early and staunch advocate of American rights, Bulloch was among the patriots who issued the call in 1774 for the first province-wide meeting of the friends of Liberty in Georgia.
Colonial Park Habersham Vault image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2008
26. Colonial Park Habersham Vault
James Habersham associate of George Whitefield and a leading merchant, planter, and public servant during Georgia's colonial era.
Colonial Park, Lachlan McIntosh, Georgia's ranking Continental officer in the American Revolution, image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
27. Colonial Park, Lachlan McIntosh, Georgia's ranking Continental officer in the American Revolution,
as mentioned
Colonial Park, as mentioned, Samuel Elbert and wife image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2008
28. Colonial Park, as mentioned, Samuel Elbert and wife
He became Governor of this State, Sheriff of Chatham County and Grand Master of Georgia Masons.
Colonial Park, as mentioned, Denis Nicolas Cottineau de Kerloguen image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
29. Colonial Park, as mentioned, Denis Nicolas Cottineau de Kerloguen
He received a commission in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution.
Colonial Park, as mentioned, Hugh McCall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
30. Colonial Park, as mentioned, Hugh McCall
Here was buried the author of the first history of Georgia.
Colonial Park, as mentioned, Edward Green Malbone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2008
31. Colonial Park, as mentioned, Edward Green Malbone
America's foremost painter of miniatures.
Colonial Park, Major John Berrien image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
32. Colonial Park, Major John Berrien
Active in public life in Georgia, Berrien was for several years Collector of Customs at Savannah; served as an alderman, and was State Treasurer at Louisville (1796-1799). Berrien died at Savannah on November 6, 1815.
William Scarbrough, Promoter of the First Transatlantic Steamship image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud
33. William Scarbrough, Promoter of the First Transatlantic Steamship
Colonial Park, James Johnson image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
34. Colonial Park, James Johnson
Official Printer of Laws and Paper Currency of the province. He was the founder of "The Georgia Gazette", the only newspaper in the colony. The first issue appearing April 7, 1763.
Colonial Park, Georgia's First Official Historian, Joseph Vallence Bevan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2008
35. Colonial Park, Georgia's First Official Historian, Joseph Vallence Bevan
Colonial Park, Joseph Clay image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
36. Colonial Park, Joseph Clay
He held several positions of importance, including State Treasurer and Judge of the Inferior Court. He was one of the first trustees for the State College that later became the University of Georgia.
Colonial Park, headstone for Lieutenant Wilde near the Duelist's Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
37. Colonial Park, headstone for Lieutenant Wilde near the Duelist's Grave Marker
This humble stone records the filial piety fraternal affection and manly virtues of James Wilde, Esquire, late District Paymaster in the army of the U.S. He fell in a duel on the 16th of January, 1815, by the hand of a man who, a short time ago, would have been friendless but for him; and expired instantly in his 22d year: dying, as he had lived: with unshaken courage & unblemished reputation. By his untimely death the prop of a Mother's age is broken: The hope and consolation of Sisters is destroyed, the pride of Brothers humbled in the dust and a whole Family, happy until then, overwhelmed with affliction. Source: Chatham County Ga Archives History ... Savannah Duels - Chapter XI 1923
 
 
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