Historic Markers Across Georgia

Turnwold Plantation

Marker ID: GHM 117-4
Location: On Old Phoenix Rd between Ga 44 and Ga 16 NE of Eatonton
County: Putnam
Coordinates: N 33° 22.741    W 083° 16.616
  33.37902426    -83.27693382
Style: Free Standing **
Status: The marking is missing.
Waymark: WM12MN
Turnwold Plantation Marker
Photo by GA H2OBUG


Here, from 1862 to 1866, Joel Chandler Harris, author of ´Uncle Remus´, lived and worked as a printer´s apprentice on what was probably the only newspaper ever printed on a Southern plantation, ´The Countryman,´ a weekly newspaper edited and published by Joseph Addison turner, owner of ´Turnwold´. Mr. Turner, planer, lawyer, scholar and writer, encouraged his youthful apprentice in writing and the use of the large plantation library. In the slave quarters, the boy Harris heard African animal legends and the true Negro folklore of the old South, which he immortalized in his ´Uncle Remus´ stories.

GHM 117-4 Georgia Historical Commission 1955

Turnwold Plantation
Photo by GA H2OBUG