Historic Markers Across Georgia

Major William Horton

Marker ID: GHM 063-15
Location: Riverview Drive and Major Horton Drives, Jekyll Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 6.103    W 081° 24.876
  31.101716    -81.4146
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMGPTH
Major William Horton Marker  


Born in England
Came to Georgia in 1736
Died at Savannah in 1748

These are the remains of Hoton´s tabby house. Major Horton of Oglethorpe´s Regiment, the first English resident of Jekyll Island, erected on the north end of Jekyll a two-story dwelling and large barn. He cleared fields here for cultivation of crops which supplied the settlers at Frederica on St. Simons Island, a neighboring island, who would have suffered except for this assistance. Major Horton cut a road across the north end of Jekyll, running east and west, from this tabby house to the beach. This road is still known as the Horton Road.

Major Horton was a trusted officer chosen by James Oglethorpe for important missions. Upon Oglethorpe´s final return to England in 1743, Major Horton succeeded him as commander of the military forces of the Colony of Georgia

Poulain du Bignon, owner of Jekyll Island after the Revolutionary War, repaired the Horton tabby house and made it his home. As the du Bignon family grew, wooden wings were added to the house.



Major William Horton