Historic Markers Across Georgia


Marker ID: PCBC 
Location: Located on Old Pheonix Road at GA 16 East of Eatonton
County: Putnam
Coordinates: N 33° 20.693    W 083° 17.113
  33.34488333    -83.28521666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6ZQJ
Hillsborough Marker  


Text of the main sign:

First county seat of Baldwin County, 1806-1807 and Putnam County, 1808-1809.

The community of Hillsborough served as the site of the first county set of Baldwin County in 1806 and later Putman County after Putman was created from Baldwin in December, 1807, but there is no known record that official County functions were conducted until 1808.

The Baldwin seat moved to Milledgeville. The log cabin home of George Hill was used as the courthouse where elections as well as court sessions were held. The community consisted of four log cabins, a jailhouse, a blacksmith shop, a store and a saloon. Judge Peter Early, who would become a Georgia State Senator, U.S. Congressman, and the Governor of Georgia before he died at age 44, conducted the first session of the Superior Court in July, 1806. In the first session two soldiers were convicted of stealing fish from a trap and were hanged the crime and buried in Hillsborough. One woman was punished for being a scold and shrew by being dunked in the river three times.

Partners supporting this project have been: Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway Corp., Better Hometown Eatonton, Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 2007 Putnam County Board of Commissioners, Eatonton- Putnam Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Georgia Department of Transportation. This project funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Dedicated November 18, 2007 in recognition of Putnam County´s Bicentennial Celebration

Photo by Ken Moser