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Near Rutledge in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fairplay

 
 
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By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
1. Fairplay Marker
Inscription. On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of

Fairplay

One of the older communities in Morgan County, Fairplay is identified on county maps as early as 1839. Fairplay did not have a railroad line in the community, but it appears to have developed on an old post road. Post office records from the 1880s identify the community as a village with about 40 inhabitants.

In addition to a store and post office, Fairplay also had a cotton gin to serve adjacent farmers. Prospect Church and Prospect School (also known as Fairplay School) are located in proximity to the original site of the store, and both are still recognized at the beginning of the 21st century. A second crossroads community existed to the north of Fairplay, around Malcom’s Store and Rock Springs Primitive Baptist Church. According to published accounts, the congregation of Rock Springs was established as early as 1840. Chestnut Grove Church and school, located west of Fairplay, served the African American community in that area.

Because of the individuals who take pride in this community, Fairplay is recognized as a significant part of our county history.
 
Erected 2009 by Morgan County Bicentennial Committee.
 
Location.
Fairplay Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
2. Fairplay Marker
33° 41.287′ N, 83° 34.992′ W. Marker is near Rutledge, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairplay Road and Prospect Road, on the left when traveling north on Fairplay 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 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hard Labor Creek State Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); Matthew Talbot (approx. 2.8 miles away); Rutledge Station (approx. 4.6 miles away); Rutledge (approx. 4.6 miles away); Mallory (approx. 4.8 miles away); Flat Rock (approx. 4.8 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 4.8 miles away); Bostwick (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rutledge.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USSettlements & Settlers
 
Fairplay Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
3. Fairplay Marker
Looking northeast on Fairplay Road, toward the site of Malcom's Store and Rock Springs Primitive Baptist Church
Ponder House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 30, 2008
4. Ponder House
The Ponder House is the most prominent remnant of the community of Fairplay. It is within site of the marker, on Prospect Road. The house was built around 1850 by George Ponder.
The Ponder Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 30, 2008
5. The Ponder Cemetery
The Ponder family cemetery is located on Fairplay Road, southwest of the marker.
 
 
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 989 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on November 24, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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