Historic Markers Across Georgia

Martha Berry's Birthplace

Marker ID: GHM 057-9
Location: Ga 1 at entrance to Oak Hill, just east of US 27
County: Floyd
Coordinates: N 34° 16.798    W 085° 10.867
  34.279966    -85.18111
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5TJ6
Martha Berry's Birthplace Marker  


Martha Berry, founder of the Berry Schools, was born and lived here at ´Oak Hill.´ Daughter of Capt. Tom Berry, wealthy plantation owner, she devoted her life to providing educational opportunities for the children of her less fortunate neighbors in the mountains. The school grew under her direction from a small log cabin on the plantation in 1900 to a 30,000 acre campus. More than 15,000 students have received their educations in the day school at Possum Trot, the Girls School, Boys School and Berry College. Martha Berry died in 1942 leaving a deathless monument.

GHM 057-9 Georgia Historical Commission 1954