Historic Markers Across Georgia

Factory Shoals - 1820

Marker ID: NCHS 6
Location: 450 Newton Factory Bridge Road - in the park
County: Newton
Coordinates: N 33° 26.709    W 083° 49.717
  33.44515    -83.82861666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM73RQ
Factory Shoals - 1820 Marker  


This area represents one of George´s earliest experiences in advanced water-powered industrialization technologically unsurpassed in the U.S.

Archaeological remains of 5 mills ranging from large textile factories to small grist mills exist within a one mile section of the river.

The post office for the thriving environs was Webberville, 1832, later Newton to the Factory, 1846, with a population of 600 the 1860.

Sherman´s march to Newton County, 1864, the flood of 1881 and other economic forces fore-shortened the post-bellum prosperity of this remarkable development.

Placed By Landmark Committee
Newton County Historical Site 6, May 11, 1993


Factory Shoals - 1820


Site of advanced Water Powered Industrialization