Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
This marker overlooks the site of the first intercollegiate football game played in the state of Georgia and one of the first to be played in the deep south. On January 30, 1892 Georgia defeated Mercer College 50 to 0 on the stubbly grounds that served as an athletic field. Several hundred spectators watched from the sidelines, some of them spilling out on the playing ground. Students living in New College close by the field had a splendid view of the action from their dormitory windows.
Georgia played all its home games on this field until 1911 when a new field was constructed off Lumpkin Street. The old grounds were thereafter used for informal intramural games and as a drill field for the R.O.T.C. trainees.
The original field, later converted into a parking lot, was named in honor of Dr. Charles H. Herty, professor of chemistry at the University and sports enthusiast. He introduced football to the college boys and was unofficial coach and trainer of the early teams. Herty later earned fame as a scientist in the development of the turpentine and pine pulpwood industry.
Erected 1991 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 029-17.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 57.373′ N, 83° 22.548′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is on Herty Drive south of Broad Street (U.S. 78), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located on Herty Field, in front of Moore College. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Toombs Oak (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Red and Black (about 300 feet away); First Garden Club (about 400 feet away); Site of First Classes (about 400 feet away); Abraham Baldwin (about 400 feet away); Holmes/Hunter Academic Building (about 400 feet away); University of Georgia (about 500 feet away); Old College (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Categories. • 20th Century • Agriculture • Education • Sports •
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