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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Thomson, Georgia

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Thomson is the county seat for McDuffie County
Thomson is in McDuffie County
      McDuffie County (24)  
      Columbia County (18)  
      Jefferson County (30)  
      Lincoln County (13)  
      Richmond County (179)  
      Warren County (18)  
      Wilkes County (116)  
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1 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Ansley Family Cemetery
The Rock House built by Thomas Ansley, Sr. ca 1785 Owners (*) who are probably buried in the cemetery Thomas Ansley, Sr. b. 1737 — d. 1809 * 1782 — 1798 Rebecca Cox Ansley b. 1732 — d. 1814 Abel Ansley, Sr. b. 1761 — . . . Map (db m227205) HM
2 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 094-10 — Blind Willie McTellMusician
Willie Samuel McTear (1901-1959) was born between Big and Little Briar Creeks in the Happy Valley community. In 1911, he and his mother moved to Statesboro, where he began his life of traveling and performing. Although blind from infancy, Willie . . . Map (db m61012) HM
3 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 97-2 — Hickory Hill
Populist presidential candidate and Georgia political leader Thomas E. Watson purchased this house from Captain James Wilson in 1900. Watson extensively renovated both the house and grounds, installing telephones and even constructing a power plant . . . Map (db m42706) HM
4 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 94-1 — Home of Thomas E. Watson(1856–1922)
After passing the state Bar in 1876, native Thomas E. Watson returned to Thomson and lived in this house with his family from 1881 to 1900. In his first floor office Watson began his law and writing career and entered politics. He served in the . . . Map (db m9475) HM
5 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — John Smith Watson Homeplace
This house stood on the site of the large brick house to your right, from 1885 to 1935, when it was moved to this location. John S. Watson (1833-1895) was the great grandfather of John, James, & Bob Wilson. In 1864, after being wounded fighting . . . Map (db m108095) HM
6 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — McDuffie and Columbia Counties Confederate Monument
[East Inscription]: Woman's Tribute April 26, 1996 [South Inscription]: They sleep the sleep of our noble slain defeated, yet without a stain, proudly and peacefully. [North Inscription]: In memory of our . . . Map (db m87941) WM
7 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 094-2 — McDuffie County
McDuffie County was created by Act of Oct. 18, 1870 from Columbia and Warren Counties. It was named for George McDuffie (1788-1851). Born in Columbia (now Warren County, Ga.), he became a political leader in S.C. He was a Maj. Gen. of Militia, . . . Map (db m42688) HM
8 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Nancy Hart Highway
Named by Georgia D.A.R. Erected by State D.A.R. and the Thomson Chapter D.A.R. 1931Map (db m207438) HM
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9 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Rear Admiral Richard Ellington Hawes1894 – 1968
Rear Admiral Richard E. Hawes has long been revered as a distinguished native son of Thomson-McDuffie County, Georgia. Admiral Hawes is remembered for his exceptionally heroic and meritorious service while performing his duty in the United States . . . Map (db m61010) HM
10 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 094-3 — Sen. Thomas E. Watson“Sage of Hickory Hill”
Born near Thomson, Sept. 5, 1856, Thomas Edward Watson, gifted writer, eloquent speaker and longtime political leader of Georgia, spent most of his life in this section. His home, “Hickory Hill,” bought and remodeled extensively by Sen. . . . Map (db m42689) HM
11 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 094-7 — The Birthplace of George McDuffie
From these humble and obscure Georgia pinelands, assisted by the plantation-owning South Carolina Calhouns, George McDuffie rose to become Congressman, Senator, and Governor of South Carolina. McDuffie's political prominence involved him in a . . . Map (db m16065) HM
12 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — The Rock House
This 18th Century stone dwelling is the only surviving house associated with the Colonial Wrightsboro Settlement (1768). Its builder, Thomas Ansley, used weathered granite, quarried in its natural form from the nearby geographical fall line, as . . . Map (db m227207) HM
13 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 094-9 — The Rock House
This 18th Century stone dwelling is the only surviving house associated with the Colonial Wrightsboro Settlement (1768). Its builder, Thomas Ansley, used weathered granite, quarried in its natural form from the nearby geographical fall line, as . . . Map (db m9809) HM
14 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Thomas Edward Watson1856 - 1922
To Honor Thomas Edward Watson 1856-1922 Author, Editor, Congressman, U.S. Senator And Father of Rural Free Delivery This Marker was placed in 1949 by Camp No. 1401 Woodmen of the WorldMap (db m58543) HM
15 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Usry House
Built by William Usry about 1795 as the seat of his extensive cotton plantations, Usry House early became the center of ante-bellum social life in this region. In its parlor, the Goodrich-Usry Railroad was conceived, and Lafayette reputedly . . . Map (db m55097) HM
16 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — VFW Post 6672 KIA Monument
Vietnam War Sgt. John B. Gay 25 OCT 1967 PFC Robert R. White 22 APR 1968 LCLP Willie Mack 10 JUN 1969 Col. Thomas F. Case 31 May 1966 PFC Fred D. Hart 2 JAN 1967 Sgt. Harold J. Crawford 11 JUN 1969 Iraq . . . Map (db m87912) WM
17 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — VFW Veterans Monument
In Memory of All Veterans of All Wars Presented by the Ladies Auxiliary Unit 6672 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMap (db m87913) WM
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18 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — William Bartram TrailTraced 1773-1777 — Deep South Region —
1773 the Treaty of Augusta Bartram visited Wrightsborough He described the view of high hills and rich vales. He took on supplies.Map (db m9810) HM
19 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Women of the Sixty's Confederate Monument
. . . Map (db m88465) WM
20 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Woodman of the World Supreme Sacrifice Monument
In Sacred Memory of the Men of McDuffie County Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice World War I Brown, Daniel, J. ∙ Isdale, Fred, L. ∙ Wilson, Joe, B. ∙ Williams, Henry, E. World War II Averett, John, V. ∙ Benson, . . . Map (db m87919) WM
21 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 094-5 — Wrightsboro
On this site in 1754, Edmund Grey, a pretending Quaker, founded the town of Brandon, named for one of its leaders. In Dec. 1768, Joseph Mattock and Jonathan Sell, Quakers, obtained a grant of 40,000 acres from the Royal Governor, Sir James Wright, . . . Map (db m42657) HM
22 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — Wrightsboro Friends Meeting House
1799 House of Worship for All Denominations 1810 Wrightsboro Church Constructed 1837 Methodist Episcopal Church South 1939 Methodist Church 1966 Property to McDuffie County Commission 1967 Wrightsboro . . . Map (db m110717) HM
23 Georgia, McDuffie County, Thomson — 094-6 — Wrightsboro Methodist Church
The Wrightsboro Methodist Church of the Thomson Circuit, on the site of the now dead town of Wrightsboro, has been an active organization for over 125 years. In its historic churchyard are buried several veterans of the Revolutionary War and some . . . Map (db m42658) HM
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Apr. 15, 2024