Historic Markers Across Georgia


Marker ID: NCHS 12
Location: Hwy 142 southeast of town, Newborn, GA.
County: Newton
Coordinates: N 33° 30.835    W 083° 41.504
  33.51391666    -83.69173333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM73QK
Newborn Marker  


Formerly part of Baldwin, Jasper counties

Settlement began after the 1807 Land Lottery. R. Fretwell, W. Burge, J. Hartwell & S. Gay moved to the area c. 1809. A log church was built for the Methodist in 1820. Bufus Broome, Nestorr & John W. Pitts settled with the idea of developing the town. Sandtown (Newborn) became a hub of trade, education and medical care. Newborn Academy / Palmyra Institute was established 1837. John W. Pitts, a Union sympathizer is credited with saving the town from Sherman´s torch by entertaining the General on 11/19/1864. The arrival of the middle Ga. & Atlantic R.R. in 1893 gave a boost to the economy were cotton dominated until after World War II.

Placed By Landmark Committee
Newton County Historical Site 12 April 30, 1996




Early settlers arrived in 1809. Center of trade, education,
and medical care.