Buckhead in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
One of the earliest settlements in Morgan County, the area around Buckhead was still in close proximity to Native American Territory in the early 1800s. According to local lore, a group of hunters tracking game crossed the Oconee River from Greene County and found this area to be ideal for settlement. To attest to their good fortune, the head of a buck deer killed by the hunters was hung in a tree.
Though the town of Buckhead was formally incorporated by the Georgia Legislature in 1887 and recorded in 1908, the earliest document reference to this community dates to 1819 in an account ledger for a general store located here. By 1823, a post office had been constructed, and by the 1830s, the Georgia Railroad came through Buckhead. A Methodist Church was organized in 1824, and a Baptist Church in 1890. A four-room schoolhouse that had ten grade levels, employed eight teachers, and possessed an auditorium was constructed in 1900.
Buckhead also enjoyed a thriving commercial center that included four general stores, two drug stores, a bank, a cotton buyer’s office, three restaurants, a barber shop, a livery stable and a hotel. Industries included a cotton gin, a grist
Several large fires have taken their toll on Buckhead through the years destroying many of its old buildings. Additionally, the agriculture economy has shifted from cotton production to dairy operations.
Erected 2007 by Morgan County Bicentennial Committee.
Location. 33° 34.25′ N, 83° 21.833′ W. Marker is in Buckhead, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is on West Main Street ¼ mile north of Parks Mill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located at the fire station in Buckhead. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4741 West Main Street, Buckhead GA 30625, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Federal Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Mathews (approx. 2.8 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 3½ miles away); Swords (approx. 3.7 miles away); Bethany (approx. 4½ miles away); Park's Mill (approx. 4½ miles away); The Oconee River Railroad Bridge (approx. 5 miles away); Early Public Forum (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckhead.
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