Historic Markers Across Georgia

Montgomery's Ferry

Marker ID: GHM 060-62
Location: At Fort Peach Tree, Atlanta Water Works, off Ridgewood Rd
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 49.682    W 084° 27.241
  33.828033    -84.45401
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Montgomery's Ferry Marker
Photo by David Seibert


James McC. Montgomery acquired 1000 acres in this vicinity about 1821.Owning land on both sides of the river; he had a private ferry until granted a State franchise, Dec. 25. 1837, signed by his friend, Gov. Geo. Gilmer. It was located where the Seaboard Bridge now spans the river [Chattahoochee] & it remained the only traffic crossing on main road from Atlanta to Marietta until 1872, except the war-years, 1864-1865, in which the boats disappeared.

Refugees returning, post-war, to N. Georgia and Tennessee had no means of crossing until Thomas Moore and volunteer helpers, after 72 hours of incredible effort, constructed an emergency flat.

GHM 060-62 - Georgia Historical Commission - 1956

Montgomery's Ferry
Photo by David Seibert


Located at the Atlanta Water Works, Admission is free; reservations required. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (404) 609-7103