St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Shoemaker and Soldier
Fort Frederica National Monument
“The soldiers have the privilege of cutting timber and building houses for their families, which many have done, and thrive very well.” London Magazine 1747
The first settler on this lot was John LeValley, Jr., a shoemaker. After four years at Frederica, LeVally became dissatisfied and moved with his family to Carolina.
The foundation discovered here probably belonged to a house built by Primrose Maxwell, a lieutenant in Oglethorpe’s Regiment. Lieutenant Maxwell took part in the 1740 expedition against the Spanish at St. Augustine, and also served as a pallbearer at the funeral of the great Indian leader Tomochichi.
The house was built sometime before 1743 when Maxwell died. A census taken that year described the structure as “a good house built of tabby and timber.”
Lieutenant Maxwell built his foundation and walls of tabby, a concrete made of sand, lime, and oyster shells. The wet mixture was poured in successive courses about a foot deep.
Erected by National Park Service, United States Department
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 31° 13.416′ N, 81° 23.436′ W. Marker is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Mimosa Drive 0.1 miles west of Frederica Drive, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Frederica National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6515 Frederica Drive, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tavernkeepers (here, next to this marker); A New House? (a few steps from this marker); Frederica - Huts and Houses (a few steps from this marker); The Flesh Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Broad Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica - Indian Interpreter (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Simons Island.
Also see . . . Fort Frederica National Monument. (Submitted on November 15, 2013.)
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