Historic Markers Across Georgia

First County Seat

Marker ID: GHM 124-1
Location: At Rocky Ford on Ga 17
County: Screven
Coordinates: N 32° 40.138    W 081° 49.468
  32.66896    -81.82447
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM805R
First County Seat Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Between 1765 and 1770 a group of settlers, mostly from North Carolina, settled and received grants for land in the vicinity of what is now Rockyford.

Among these first settlers were, Benjamin Lanier, Lemuel Lanier, Valentine Hollingsworth, Francis Jones, Thomas Mills, Anthony Bonnell, Abraham Mincey, Robert Dickson and Michael Dickson.

The first county seat of Screven County was established here on Dec. 14, 1793, and the home of Benjamin Lanier, across Mile Branch from this marker, was the first Court House.

GHM 124-1 Georgia Historical Commission 1953