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Retreat in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

LeConte Botanical Gardens

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LeConte Botanical Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. LeConte Botanical Gardens Marker
Inscription. Five miles west of here on the old Post Road, the southern most postal route in America, is the site of the home and botanical garden of Louis LeConte, naturalist, mathematician, and scholar, for whom the famous LeConte Pear was named. A native of New Jersey, Dr. LeConte was married to Ann Quarterman, a member of Midway Church in 1812. He established his famed botanical gardens on his extensive plantation. In his attic he fitted a chemical laboratory which included novelties of a botanical garden in which he cultivated rare plants, which came from all parts of the world. Although the modest Dr. LeConte did not exploit his achievements, it was nothing unusual for visitors from foreign lands to view his gardens.

Dr. LeConte`s internationally known sons, Dr. John LeConte, born in 1818 and Dr. Joseph LeConte, born in 1823, at the family plantation, were two of the most distinguished scientific scholars of the nineteenth century. They made the University of California famous.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 089-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 42.158′ N, 81° 24.838′ 
LeConte Botanical Gardens Marker seen along US 17 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
2. LeConte Botanical Gardens Marker seen along US 17
W. Marker is in Retreat, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker is at the intersection of Coastal Highway (U.S. 17) and Sandy Run Rd on Coastal Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Riceboro GA 31323, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Skirmish in Bulltown Swamp (approx. 3.2 miles away); Riceborough (approx. 3.3 miles away); First African Baptist Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Woodmanston Plantation (approx. 4.4 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 4.4 miles away); Confederate Post in 1864 (approx. 4.5 miles away); South Newport Baptist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Jonesville (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Regarding LeConte Botanical Gardens. Old Post Road, mentioned on the marker as the site of the LeConte Botanical Gardens, is now Barrington Ferry Road.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Established in 1760 by William and John Eatton LeConte, Woodmanston became one of Georgia`s earliest inland swamp rice plantations.
 
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LeConte Botanical Gardens Marker at intersection S.Coastal Hwy (US 17) and Sandy Run Rd. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. LeConte Botanical Gardens Marker at intersection S.Coastal Hwy (US 17) and Sandy Run Rd.
LeConte Botanical Gardens sign next to Woodmanston Plantation Marker image. Click for more information.
By Mike Stroud, July 8, 2008
4. LeConte Botanical Gardens sign next to Woodmanston Plantation Marker
Established in 1760 by William and John Eatton LeConte, Woodmanston became one of Georgia`s earliest inland swamp rice plantations.
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Partial view of todays LeConte Botanical Gardens image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 8, 2008
5. Partial view of todays LeConte Botanical Gardens
LeConte Botanical Gardens , and site of where Woodmanston Plantation's House once stood image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 8, 2008
6. LeConte Botanical Gardens , and site of where Woodmanston Plantation's House once stood
LeConte Botanical Gardens, partial view image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 8, 2008
7. LeConte Botanical Gardens, partial view
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,658 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 8, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on August 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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