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

Croatan Indian Community

Croatan Indian Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 19, 2005
1. Croatan Indian Community Marker
Inscription. In 1870 a group of Croatan Indians migrated from their homes in Robeson County North Carolina, following the turpentine industry to southeast Georgia. Eventually many of the Croatans became tenant farmers for the Adabelle Trading Company, growing cotton and tobacco. The Croatan community established the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Adabelle, as well as a school and a nearby cemetery. After the collapse of the Adabelle Trading Company, the Croatans faced both economic hardship and social injustice. As a result, most members of the community returned to North Carolina by 1920. The tribe to which these families belonged became known as the Lumbee in the early 1950s
Erected 2004 by Georgia Historical Society and Bulloch County Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 17.425′ N, 81° 52.517′ W. Marker is near Adabelle, Georgia, in Bulloch County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Adabelle Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 301. Touch for map. Marker is at the intersection of US 301 and Adabelle Road, one mile south of Interstate 16. Marker is in this post office area: Register GA 30452, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oliff, Rushing, Durrence House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Sunbury Road (approx. 8.6 miles away); Dedicated to All Who Served (approx. 9.1 miles away); Evans County (approx. 9.1 miles away); Claxton First United Methodist Church (approx. 9.2 miles away); Daisy United Methodist Church (approx. 9.8 miles away); a different marker also named Old Sunbury Road (approx. 10.8 miles away); Marvin Summers Pittman (approx. 10.8 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 3,270 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on December 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. Photo   1. submitted on July 6, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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