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Stockton in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Major Robert Farmar Plantation

 
 
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By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
1. Major Robert Farmar Plantation Marker
Inscription. Here on the banks of the Tensaw River -- named for the Tensa Indian tribe whose principal village was located at this place -- Major Robert Farmar developed a plantation c. 1772. Farmar was one of the most prominent and controversial Alabamians of the British period, being commander of the regiments at Mobile from 1763-1765. He resigned his commission in 1768 and was elected to every Commons House of Assembly for the District of West Florida from 1769 until his death in 1778. Artist-Naturalist, William Bartram, visited Farmar here in 1775, and recorded eloquently and well the plant life of the area. Farmarís plantation encompassed what is now the town of Stockton.

Erected by the Snook Foundation (John McClure and Marjorie Younge Snook) Through the Baldwin County Historical Society.
 
Erected 1977 by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the William Bartram Trails marker series.
 
Location. 30° 58.981′ N, 87° 52.062′ W. Marker is in Stockton, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Alabama Route 225 just north of Lower Bryants Landing Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stockton AL 36579, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Major Robert Farmar Plantation Marker (North) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
2. Major Robert Farmar Plantation Marker (North)
At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mound Line (approx. 1.1 miles away); Kennedy Mill, c.1811 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bartramís Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stockton Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bay Minette, Alabama (approx. 8.8 miles away); Bay Minette Korean War Memorial (approx. 8.8 miles away); Baldwin County Eternal Flame Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockton.
 
Additional comments.
1. Date of William Bartramís Visit
This marker and the Historic Stockton/Old Schoolyard Park marker (approximately 2.2 miles away) both mention William Bartram's visit with Major Robert Farmar but claim different years for his visit. This discrepancy is evidence that information on the two markers is drawn from different sources.

The year 1778, appearing on the Historic Stockton/Old Schoolyard Park marker, is found in William Bartramís Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida on page 404 where Bartram describes his activities in the Mobile area. Without closer scrutiny, Bartram's Travels, first published in 1791, might seem to be a credible source. However, examination
Major Robert Farmar Plantation Marker (South) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
3. Major Robert Farmar Plantation Marker (South)
of the whole volume reveals inconsistencies in his timeline. The chronology of Bartramís journey as documented in Travels is obviously flawed.

A modern resource on the Bartram expedition is The Travels of William Bartram, A Naturalist Edition by Francis Harper published in 1958. This book includes a commentary section summarizing results of research into Bartramís southern expedition. Corrections to Bartramís chronology were established using additional historical resources. The year 1775, appearing on this marker, is the corrected date for Bartram's visit provided in Harperís commentary.
    — Submitted August 9, 2017, by Harry Gatzke of Huntsville, Alabama.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Persons
 
Town of Stockton, Alabama image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
4. Town of Stockton, Alabama
Downtown Stockton is located about 1 mile north of the listed marker.
Tensaw River image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
5. Tensaw River
 
 
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