Near Sparta in Hancock County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Nathan S.S. Beman at Mt. Zion
(Nov. 26, 1785 - Aug. 6, 1871)
In late 1812, Beman became teacher and pastor at Mt. Zion, an academy town founded by Hancock County planters in 1811. Some of the State’s leading families supported Mt. Zion Academy which became one of the most celebrated schools in Georgia. The outstanding men Beman attracted to teach contributed much to the state in educational and religious leadership.
Offered the presidency of the University of Georgia, Beman accepted reluctantly and temporarily, resigning because of his wife’s illness and death in 1819. He continued to direct the Academy, to preach, and to edit The Missionary, a weekly gospel newspaper. In 1821 he married Mrs. Caroline Bird Yancey, mother of secessionist William Lowndes Yancey. In 1823, Nathan Beman and his wife moved to Troy, N.Y., where he continued his ministerial and academic career.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 21.467′ N, 83° 0.161′ W. Marker is near Sparta, Georgia, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 15 and Sigman Road, on the right when traveling south on State Route 15. Touch for map. The marker is at Mt. Zion church, a building begun in 1813. This building is all that remains of the community of Mt. Zion. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta GA 31087, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gov. William Jonathan Northen (approx. 0.4 miles away); “July” 1858 (approx. 4.2 miles away); Shoulder-bone Creek Treaty (approx. 4.7 miles away); Camilla and Zack Hubert Homesite (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gov. William Rabun (approx. 5.3 miles away); "Old Dominion" (approx. 5.6 miles away); Famous Indian Trail (approx. 5.7 miles away); Sparta Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
Also see . . . Nathan S. S. Beman. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Churches & Religion • Education • Notable Persons •
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