Near Rutledge in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Originally, the community of Reese was known as Ebenezer, and it has been identified as a community that grew up along an old post road near the Little River. As early as 1839, historic maps identify the community as Ebenezer in Durdinís Militia District, and it isn't until around the turn of the century that it comes to be known as Reese. An application for a new post office location from 1882 addressed to Mr. Joseph Reese indicates that there is already a post office with the name of Ebenezer. This suggests that the name of Reese was given for a family in the area. A handwritten note on that same record indicates that “all maps of Georgia have in Morgan County Ebenezer, which is the location of the proposed post office of Reese, Morgan County, Georgia,” which corresponds the location of Reese and Ebenezer.
In addition to a post office, the community of Reese boasted a school and a general store. A marker at the former site of Milton Chapel identifies that the church and cemetery served the community of Reese between 1895 in 1940. In close proximity north of Reese was the small community of Austin, which boasted of a cotton gin, post office and general store.
Erected 2009 by Morgan County Bicentennial Committee.
Location. 33° 32.404′ N, 83° 37.45′ W. Marker is near Rutledge, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Reese Road and Durden Road, on the right when traveling south on Reese Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rutledge GA 30663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Loyd Place (approx. 4 miles away); Brownwood-Centennial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Pennington (approx. 5.3 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 5.7 miles away); Rutledge (approx. 6 miles away); Rutledge Station (approx. 6 miles away); Dorsey (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rutledge.
Regarding Reese. No building remain of the old Reese community. The (private) Reese family cemetery does remain, near the marker.
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.