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Ashburn in Turner County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Turner County

 
 
Turner County Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 15, 2012
1. Turner County Marker
Inscription.  This County, created by Act of the Legislature August 18, 1905, is named for Capt. Henry Gray Turner who was captured by Union troops at Gettysburg. A resident of Nashville and later of Quitman, he served in the legislature, and in Congress from 1881 to 1897. About 1855 the Battle of Sandy Sink was fought two miles east of Cool Springs with the Indians under Billy Bow Legs. Among the first County Officers were: Sheriff John B. Cason, Ordinary W. A. Greer, Clerk of Superior Court C. L. Royal, Tax Receiver V. A. Freeman, Tax Collector T. E. Brown and Treasurer J. H. Gorday.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 142-1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US CivilWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 31° 42.461′ N, 83° 39.175′ W. Marker is in Ashburn, Georgia, in Turner County. Marker is at the intersection of East College Avenue
Turner County Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 15, 2012
2. Turner County Marker
and McLendon Street, on the left when traveling east on East College Avenue. The marker is located at the Turner County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashburn GA 31714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Downtown Sylvester (approx. 16.3 miles away); Worth County (approx. 16˝ miles away).
 
Regarding Turner County. Turner County is known as "The Peanut Capital of the World; Ashburn is home of "The Fireant Festival."
 
Turner County Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 15, 2012
3. Turner County Marker
The marker, US Coast & Geodetic Survey Marker, and a sign for Ashburn's "Fire Ant Festival" stand in front of the Turner County Courthouse.
Turner County Marker and Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 15, 2012
4. Turner County Marker and Courthouse
Turner County's only courthouse was built in 1907.
U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 15, 2012
5. U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Marker
The marker, placed in 1934, stands on the courthouse lawn. The town of Ashburn is approximately 1690 feet above mean sea level.
"The Big Fire Ant" image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 15, 2012
6. "The Big Fire Ant"
In front of the Turner County Chamber of Commerce
The Old Turner County Jail image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 15, 2012
7. The Old Turner County Jail
The old jail is now the "Crime and Punishment Museum" with the "Last Meal Cafe."
Captain Henry Gray Turner image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
8. Captain Henry Gray Turner
For whom Turner County was named
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 5, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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