Newton in Baker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 004-1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 18.867′ N, 84° 20.117′ W. Marker is in Newton, Georgia, in Baker County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Court Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. The marker stands at the rear of the old Baker County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Newton GA 39870, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old City Well Mitchell County (approx. 9.4 miles away); Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp (approx. 10 miles away).
Regarding Baker County. Flooding from the Flint River has damaged the Baker County Courthouse in the past, but in 1994 Tropical Storm Alberto caused the Flint to flood again, worse than ever before; floodwaters came almost to the second floor of the courthouse, and damaged every building in this area of Newton. The county moved the courthouse to an empty school building some distance away, on higher ground. The old courthouse has been renovated with Federal funds, but only one building is left on the courthouse square. Other than the courthouse and this one abandoned building, only empty streets remain in “old” Newton.
Also see . . . Baker County. The history of the county in the New Georgia Encyclopedia includes a photo of the flooded courthouse. (Submitted on January 30, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Government • Political Subdivisions •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,322 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 29, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.