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Near Sharon in Taliaferro County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Robert Grier, Astronomer

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By David Seibert, November 14, 2009
1. Robert Grier, Astronomer Marker
Inscription. On this land, in the plantation home of his father, Aaron Grier, Sr., Revolutionary soldier, Robert Grier, founder of the nationally famous “Grier’s Almanac,” was born in 1782. The remarkable astronomical calculations which led to the publishing of the almanac were made on the large boulders in the fields near this road. First published in 1807 as “The Georgia and South Carolina Almanack,” the almanac made Robert Grier’s name a household word in the nation until his death in 1848. Published continuously since its founding, it became “Grier’s Almanac” soon after Robert Grier died. Circulation is almost 2 1/2 million copies annually.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 131-13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 33.991′ N, 82° 45.83′ W. Marker is near Sharon, Georgia, in Taliaferro County. Marker is on Lumberg Sharon Road (County Route 79) 0.1 miles east of Fairplay Road (County Route 81), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharon GA 30664, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this
Robert Grier, Astronomer Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 14, 2009
2. Robert Grier, Astronomer Marker
Looking east on Lumburg Sharon Road toward Raytown, one of the earliest towns in the area
marker, measured as the crow flies. Grave of Brig. Gen. Aaron W. Grier (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ray’s Place – Now Raytown (approx. 0.7 miles away); Raytown Methodist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Church of the Purification Locust Grove Academy (approx. 1.7 miles away); South Liberty Presbyterian Church (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Chivers Plantation and Store (approx. 5 miles away); Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton Stephens (approx. 6.1 miles away); Crawfordville Baptist Church (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Grier. New Georgia Encyclopedia article on Robert Grier. Grier was the uncle of Alexander Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederacy, and was influential in his education. (Submitted on December 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Grier's Almanac. (Submitted on December 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
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Robert Grier, Astronomer Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 14, 2009
3. Robert Grier, Astronomer Marker
The marker points to the field, now overgrown, where Grier performed his calculations
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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