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Lenox Place in Decatur in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Swanton House

 
 
The Swanton House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Felch Dumas, July 19, 2008
1. The Swanton House Marker
Inscription.  Ante-bellum residence of Benjamin F. Swanton; once the property of Ammi Williams, a DeKalb County pioneer. Built prior to 1842.

In 1864 the Swanton family was in residence here when the Federal Army of the Tennessee occupied Decatur. This force consisted of the 15th, 16th & 17th Corps, commanded by Gen. J.B. McPherson, which had crossed the Chattahoochee at Roswell. Enroute to Atlanta they camped at Decatur, night of July 19.

Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sweeny, comdg. 2d div. of Dodge's 16th A.C. established h'dq'rs at the Swanton house - as recorded in the diary of J.P. Snell, 52d Ill., h'dq'rs clerk & war-corres.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-30.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 19, 1983.
 
Location. 33° 46.345′ N, 84° 18.339′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Georgia, in DeKalb County. It is in Lenox Place.
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Marker is on West Trinity Place, 0.1 miles east of West Ponce De Leon Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur GA 30030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Gay House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beacon Community (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Decatur (approx. half a mile away); The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Decatur (approx. half a mile away); Lynching in America / Lynching in DeKalb County (approx. half a mile away); Old Dekalb County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Houston Mill Millstone (approx. 0.6 miles away); Steatite Boulder (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
The Swanton House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Felch Dumas, July 19, 2008
2. The Swanton House Marker
The Swanton House Marker and the Mary Gay House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Felch Dumas, July 19, 2008
3. The Swanton House Marker and the Mary Gay House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,803 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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