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Near Sylvania in Screven County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Burton's Ferry

 
 
Burton's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
1. Burton's Ferry Marker
Inscription. In 1765, Robert Dunn established a ferry here. It became the gateway for settlers from the Carolinas and Virginia claiming grants in the newly opened lands of interior Georgia.

In 1772 Dunn sold to the enterprising Thomas Burton who made a large investment in boats and roads through the swamp. January 20th, 1773 he applied for and received a franchise for the operation of the ferry. The ferry proved a profitable enterprise for years for Burton.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 124-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 56.239′ N, 81° 30.698′ W. Marker is near Sylvania, Georgia, in Screven County. Marker is on Burtons Ferry Road (U.S. 301), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker Located approx. 200 yards on Georgia side of Savannah River. Marker is in this post office area: Sylvania GA 30467, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brick (Bethel) Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); 1827 Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Antioch Christian Church
Burton's Ferry Marker looking south on US 301 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Burton's Ferry Marker looking south on US 301
(approx. 5.6 miles away in South Carolina); Concord Baptist Church (approx. 6.4 miles away in South Carolina); Paris' Mill (approx. 8 miles away); British Army Crossing (approx. 8 miles away); General Samuel Elbert (approx. 8.9 miles away); Battle of Brier Creek - Mar. 3, 1779 (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylvania.
 
Also see . . .  USC article Burtons Ferry , Paragraph 1. (Submitted on March 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Ferry was replaced by highway with a " Swing Bridge " now also defunct. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Ferry was replaced by highway with a " Swing Bridge " now also defunct.
The Ferry site seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. The Ferry site seen today
Now a two lane boat ramp. for recreational boaters
Close Up of the Piviot Span of the Brige image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, circa 1995
5. Close Up of the Piviot Span of the Brige
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,680 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on March 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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