Historic Markers Across Georgia

Summer Home of Joseph Habersham

Marker ID: GHM 068-7
Location: US 23/US 441 about 2.5 miles north of Clarkesville
County: Habersham
Coordinates: N 34° 37.528    W 083° 29.488
  34.62546666    -83.49146666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2NJG
Summer Home of Joseph Habersham Marker  


This was the summer home of Joseph Habersham of Savannah (1751-1815), Georgia patriot, Revolutionary War hero, and political leader. He was a Colonel in the Continental Army, a member of Continental Congress and of the Georgia Convention that ratified the Constitution in 1788. Educated at Princeton, he returned to Georgia to aid in organizing the "Liberty Boys" as the Revolution approached. With other patriots, he organized the Council of Safety at Tondee´s Tavern, June 22, 1775. On January 17, 1776, leading a small group, he captured and placed under guard Sir James Wright, British Colonial Governor. With Captain Bowen, he commanded the first commissioned vessel of the Revolution. Twice speaker of the General Assembly, in Georgia´s first legislative body. In 1785, Joseph Habersham signed the first charter granted to a state university in America that of the University of Georgia. He served as Postmaster General under Presidents Washington, Adams and Jefferson. From 1802 until his death he was president of the Georgia branch of the Bank of the United States. Habersham County, created December 19, 1818 was named for Joseph Habersham.

GHM 086-7 Georgia Historical Commission 1956

Summer Home Of Joseph Habersham
Summer Home of Joseph Habersham