Historic Markers Across Georgia

Gov. Heard's Grave

Marker ID: GHM 052-5
Location: At DAR park in Heardmont, north of Ga 72
County: Elbert
Coordinates: N 34° 6.696    W 082° 41.784
  34.1116    -82.6964
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7J74
Gov. Heard's Grave Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Stephen Heard, Governor of Georgia in 1781, lawyer, planter, surveyor and soldier of the Revolution, lies buried in this family cemetery. With a price on his head he was captured by the British at the Battle of Kettle Creek and condemned to die. On the eve of his execution he was rescued by his servant ´Mammy Kate´ with the aid of her husband ´Daddy Jack´, both of whom lie buried near him. Heard´s home ´Heardmont´ once stood nearby in the 10 acres park established by the Stephen Heard Chapter, D.A.R. Coming to Georgia from Virginia, Heard, an Irishman, established Heard´s Fort, now Washington, Ga. in 1773.

GHM 052-5 Georgia Historical Commission 1955

Gov. Heard's Grave
Photo by Ken Moser