Historic Markers Across Georgia

Gum Pond Community

Marker ID: GHM 101-2
Location: Ga 93 2.5 miles east of Baconton
County: Mitchell
Coordinates: N 31° 23.273    W 084° 6.531
  31.387883    -84.10885
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMVZ7


A stage relay station,the Byrd Crawford Inn,Turpin´s General Store, a blacksmith shop,post office and a voting precinct were located at this crossroad. Gristmills and sawmills were located at neighboring plantation to complete the community.

Mt Enon Baptist Church,the last remnant of the nineteenth centry community (one mile north) supplied the spirtual,cultural and eductional need of the surrounding plantations. The Church was constituted in 1856 and the current building built in 1888. General Joseph Wheeler´s troops once stopped here while returning Federal Prisoners to Andersonville. The church also housed "Ravenwood" the first academy in Mitchell County.

After the coming of the railroad in 1869.Gum Pond declined and many of the resident moved west to establish the town of Baconton