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Eatonton in Putnam County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hillsborough

First County Seat of Baldwin County, 1806-1807

 

—And Putnam County, 1808-1809 —

 
Hillsborough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, June 30, 2012
1. Hillsborough Marker
Inscription. The community of Hillsborough served as the site of the first county seat of Baldwin County in 1806 and later Putnam County after Putnam was created from Baldwin in December, 1807, but there is no known record that official County functions were conducted until 1808. The Baldwin seat moved to Milledgeville. The log cabin home of George Hill was used as the courthouse where elections as well as court sessions were held. The community consisted of four log cabins, a jailhouse, a blacksmith shop, a store and a saloon. Judge Peter Early, who would become a Georgia State Senator, U.S. Congressman, and the Governor of Georgia before he died at age 44, conducted the first session of the Superior Court in July, 1806. In the first session two soldiers were convicted of stealing fish from a trap and were hanged for the crime and buried in Hillsborough. One woman was punished for being a scold and shrew by being dunked in the river three times.
Partners supporting this project have been: Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway Corp., Better Hometown Eatonton, Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 2007 Putnam County Board of Commissioners, Baldwin County Board of Commissioners, Eatonton-Putnam Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Georgia Department of Transportation. This project funded in
Hillsborough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, June 30, 2012
2. Hillsborough Marker
Site of first log Courthouse of Baldwin County, 1806 ~ 1808 and also of Putnam County, 1808 ~ 1809
erected by
The Board of Commissioners of Baldwin County, The Board of Commissioners of Putnam County, The Samuel Reid Chapter, D.A.R., The Nancy Hart Chapter, D.A.R.
1934

The reproduction of the original bronze marker above was placed on this commemorative millstone by the 2007 Bicentennial Putnam County Board of Commissioners: Chairman Howard McMichael Sr., Vice Chairman Wesley Willis, Janie B. Reid, Bob Landau and Billy Webster and County Manager Helen Carnes. The original bronze marker was lost to history sometime after the initial placement in 1934. Behind the scenes award to Larry Moore for raising the funds and executing the plans for the Hillsborough Rededication 11/18/07
part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
Dedicated November 18, 2007 in recognition of Putnam County’s Bicentennial Celebration (LWM)
 
Erected 2007.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 33° 20.694′ N, 83° 17.113′ W. Marker is in Eatonton, Georgia, in Putnam County. Marker is on Old Phoenix Road near Sparta Highway (Georgia Route 16), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eatonton GA 31024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Philadelphia United Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mrs. Beall's Mill (approx. 1.6 miles away); Turnwold Plantation (approx. 2.5 miles away); Rockville School (approx. 4 miles away); Concord Methodist Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Branch Bank of the State of Georgia at Eatonton (approx. 6.1 miles away); Veterans Flagpole (approx. 6.1 miles away); Putnam County Veterans Monument (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eatonton.
 
Categories. Government
 
Hillsborough Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, June 30, 2012
3. Hillsborough Marker Reverse
Behind the scenes award to Larry Moore for raising the funds and executing the plans for the Hillsborough Rededication 11/18/07
Hillsborough Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, June 30, 2012
4. Hillsborough Marker Reverse
Hillsborough Marker Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, June 30, 2012
5. Hillsborough Marker Overview
Hillsborough Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 26, 2011
6. Hillsborough Marker
Looking south on Old Phoenix Road (left) at the intersection with Sparta Highway (Georgia Highway 16) in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.   6. submitted on September 4, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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