Historic Markers Across Georgia

Shell Bluff

Marker ID: WPA US 25 B-4
Location: Liberty & Seventh Streets, Waynesboro, GA, (N of courthouse)
County: Burke
Coordinates: N 33° 5.485    W 082° 0.998
  33.09141666    -82.01663333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7VDA
Shell Bluff  Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Shell Bluff on the Savannah River 15 miles northeast has been famous since Indian days because of its outcrops of fossil shells including those of giant oysters. These lived in the Eocene sea that covered this part of Georgia some 50 million years ago. Shell Bluff has been visited and described by many famous travelers and geologists including Bartram in 1791, Vanuxem in 1828, Conrad in 1834, and Sir Charles Lyell in 1842.