Historic Markers Across Georgia

Amsterdam, Georgia (Side 1)

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: US 27 median at Amsterdam, SE of Bainbridge, GA
County: Decatur
Coordinates: N 30° 43.615    W 084° 25.984
  30.72691666    -84.43306666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7G09
Amsterdam, Georgia (Side 1) Marker
Photo by Coinseekers


In 1891, A. Cohn & Company purchased 14,000 acres for tobacco cultivation and named it Amsterdam. At that time, the property was the largest tobacco plantation in the world, under one ownership. In 1907, seven of the larger growers and packers in the area merged to form the American Sumatra Tobacco Company, with a division in Amsterdam. This was a company town with offices, railroad, commissaries, post office, packing houses and employee houses. At its peak, the town boasted a population of 450. The Imperial Tobacco Company bought the American Sumatra Tobacco Company in 1955 and operated it until 1965 when they discontinued growing tobacco. In 1967 the land was sold to the Coastal Lumber Company.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Decatur County Commission and the Decatur County Historical Society, 1986.


Shade Grown Tobacco (Side 2)