Historic Markers Across Georgia

Ira Sanborn

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: on grounds of the Masonic Lodge, Faceville
County: Decatur
Coordinates: N 30° 45.19    W 084° 38.491
  30.753166    -84.64151
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM8HXX
Ira Sanborn Marker
Photo by Coinseekers


Decatur County´s first industrialist was Ira Sanborn, a native of Concord, New Hampshire. Born in 1799, Sanborn came to Apalachicola, Florida about 1830 and later resettled in Quincy, Florida where he married Susan Woodson. In 1833 they moved to Decatur County and settled on Attapulgus Creek. Using waterpower he operated a gristmill, sawmill, tanning, cigar and shoe factories. In 1856 he opened Estahatchee Mills which made a cotton and wool fabric called kersey. Sanborn died on a business trip to Boston in 1865 and was buried in Concord. The Estahatchee Mills buildings were razed in 1870. Today only the mill races and the outline of the pond levee remain.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Decatur County Historical Society, 2001.