Near Attapulgus in Decatur County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gragg Lumber Company
In 1926, brothers John, Earl, Wayne and Gilbert Gragg came from North Carolina to establish a sawmill six tenths of a mile north of here on the east side of Amsterdam Road. As the Gragg Lumber Co., they leased cutting rights on 16,000 acres owned by American Sumatra Tobacco Company. They harvested timber with portable sawmills and hauled lumber to their dry kiln and plane mill for five years. They built their “dream mill”, incorporating modern band saws, in 1930. Their company became one of the largest hardwood lumber producers in the state of Georgia, employing about 200 people at peak production. The timber depleted, the mill closed in 1944.
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From Virginia in the north, stretching south to Texas and bounded by the Piedmont and by mountains to the west, there was once a carpet of Green Gold. This fabulous carpet was long-leaf and slash pine, including oaks here. It attracted sawmill and turpentine industries to Decatur County. These industries yielded economic stability in this region during the first half of the twentieth century. The longleaf pine once covered 130 million acres. Its area is now reduced to about 3 million acres. The cathedral like beauty of longleaf stands
Erected 2007 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Decatur County Historical Society.
Location. 30° 43.617′ N, 84° 25.976′ W. Marker is near Attapulgus, Georgia, in Decatur County. Marker is on Tallahassee Highway (U.S. 27) 0 miles north of Amsterdam Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Attapulgus GA 39815, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amsterdam, Georgia / Shade Grown Tobacco (a few steps from this marker); Attapulgus Presbyterian Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Attapulgus Cemetery Inc. (approx. 3.3 miles away); Attapulgus High School (approx. 3.4 miles away); Attapulgus (approx. 3.4 miles away); Attapulgite / Fullers Earth (approx. 3½ miles away); Vickers Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away in Florida); Old Philadelphia Presbyterian Church (approx. 10.3 miles away in Florida). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Attapulgus.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.