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Marker ID: GHM 088-2
Location: Palmyra Community in South Lee County
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 31° 38.27    W 084° 11.672
  31.63782701    -84.19452823
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMAE8H
Palmyra Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Palmyra, Georgia ´ghost town´, was incorporated in 1840 with John Woolbright, John Mercer, Burch M. Roberts, Edward James, George S. Oglesby as Commissioners. Among the prominent residents were: Doctors Jeremiah Hilsman, Leonidas Mercer, John B. Gilbert; Hon Lott Warren, Congressman and jurist; Rev. Jonathan Davis. Baptist preacher; Henry Morgan, schoolteacher-lawyer; Leonidas Jordan, ´one of the wealthiest men in the state´ Charles Randall, co-inventor with Leonidas Mercer of the cotton planter. Intermittent fever (malaria) and the coming of the railroad to Albany caused its decline. Many pioneer citizens of Albany moved there from Palmyra.

Palmyra Baptist Church was one of the earliest in this area. In 1867, when the white population dwindled, this property was given to the Negroes. By the church, in a small cemetery, John Mercer, and others are buried. On a hill 1/2 mile NW, is the larger Palmyra Cemetery. Beyond the church, toward Leesburg, part of the old Mercer home remains. Near here, at the ´Square´ spring, is the site of Watson´s Cotton Gin Factory, where ´articles manufactured are said to be unrivaled in their performance and durability´.

GHM 088-2 Georgia Historic Marker 1958