Historic Markers Across Georgia



Marion



Marker ID: GHM 143-1
Location: in front of church on Jeffersonville-Bullard Rd. (Ga. 96) 1/2 mi N. of I-16
County: Twiggs
Coordinates: N 32° 39.722    W 083° 26.254
  32.66203152    -83.43756672
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2E6Y
Marion Marker
Photo by Scooter Bill



Text:

Marion, incorporated in 1816, was the first county seat of Twiggs County. Named for General Francis Marion, the Revolutionary `Swamp Fox`, it was a trading center and metropolis in ante bellum days. Its decline began when residents refused to accept the `intrusion of the iron horse` after the original survey of the Central Railroad routed the line through Marion. In 1868 the county site was moved six miles to Jeffersonville. Residents moved away, leaving a dead town and large abandoned homes.

U.S. Geodetic Survey in 1948 established this vicinity as the exact center of Georgia.

GHM 143-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1954



 

 

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