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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jacksonville in Telfair County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)


Jacksonville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 27, 2008
1. Jacksonville Marker
Inscription.  The first County Seat of Telfair County, Jacksonville, was named for General Andrew Jackson. From 1807 to 1812 court met in various homes. In 1812 a courthouse was erected on the site of the present Methodist Church.

Jacksonville was an important point on the Blackshear Trail which followed the Altamaha and Ocmulgee rivers from Darien to Fort Hawkins. Two miles away a blockhouse, one of three in the county, was built by General David Blackshear as a refuge and a house of thanksgiving.

The center of a large and wealthy plantation economy, Jacksonville was a landing for freight and passenger traffic on the river before and for some years after the War Between the States. In 1870, McRae became the County Seat.

Among the distinguished early settlers of Jacksonville were General John Coffee, soldier, pioneer surveyor, member of Congress, and General Mark Willcox, Indian fighter. Each of these men has a county in Georgia named for him. Other pioneer residents included the McRae, Clements, Hatton and Pridgen families
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson, and the Georgia Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1807.
Location. 31° 48.742′ N, 82° 58.752′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Georgia, in Telfair County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 441/319 and Georgia Route 117, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 441/319. Marker is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of US 441/319 and Ga 117 in Jacksonville. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville GA 31544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cullen Boney Descendants (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,212 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 31, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 25, 2023