Historic Markers Across Georgia

Okefenokee Swamp 10 mi.

Marker ID: GHM 024-2
Location: Ga 23 west of the business district in Folkston
County: Charlton
Coordinates: N 30° 49.835    W 082° 00.605
  30.830583    -82.01008
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1NKX
Okefenokee Swamp 10 mi. Marker
Photo by lazyCachers


Okefenokee, "Land of the Trembling Earth", was a favorite hunting and fishing ground for many tribes of Indians. General Charles Floyd with 250 dragoons drove out the last of these, the Seminoles, in 1838 ending Indian rebellion in southern Georgia. In 1937 the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired most of the 400,000 acres of the swamp. Now a sanctuary for wild life, it abounds in rare species of birds, mammals, fish and reptiles in a vast natural botanical garden. All hunting is prohibited; some fishing is allowed.

GHM 024-2 Georgia Historical Commission 1954