Historic Markers Across Georgia

Blakely, Georgia 1825-1975

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Location: on Early Street, Blakely, GA
County: Early
Coordinates: N 31° 22.676    W 084° 56.000
  31.37793333    -84.93333333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMMAB7
Blakely, Georgia 1825-1975 Marker
Photo by Markerman


The Early County grand jury, in 1825, appointed a commission of five to select and name a new county seat. This commission was composed of Zachariah Cowart, Benjamin Collier, David Smith, Nevin McBryde, and Freeman Carden. They chose the present site giving it the name Blakely in honor of Captain Johnston Blakeley, a United States Navy hero of the War of 1812, who in September 1814, disappeared at sea with his entire crew and ship, the U.S.S. Wasp.

The National Society United States Daughters of 1812, State of Georgia

Blakely, Georgia 1825-1975
Photo by Markerman