Elbert County, Georgia (Images of America Series)

Elbert County, Georgia (Images of America Series)

by Joyce M. Davis


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Established in 1790, Elbert County was carved from adjacent Wilkes County and named in honor of American patriot and former governor Samuel Elbert. Located in Northeast Georgia on the Savannah and Broad Rivers, the territory witnessed Revolutionary War fighting and the creation of Fort James, Dartmouth, and Petersburg, occurring all before 1790. Later Ruckersville, Heardmont, Bowman, and Dewy Rose were established. Elberton, chosen as county seat by former governor Stephen Heard’s committee, was incorporated in 1803 and dominated county history thereafter. Nancy Hart and Stephen Heard, among others, aided the revolution; merchants William and Beverly Allen forged a business path; and preachers, including Dozier Thornton, established many county churches. In later years, Corra Harris, born at Farmhill, attended Elberton Female Academy before becoming a noted writer. In the 20th century, cotton production was overshadowed by the growth of granite quarrying and finishing, leading to Elberton becoming the “Granite Capital of the World.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738587004
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 344,809
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joyce M. Davis, Ph.D., is an Elbert County native and professor emerita of art from Valdosta State University. She authored Historic Elberton in 2002, The Architectural Legacy of Elberton in 2000, and Lakeland’s Unique Architectural Heritage in 1987. She uses images from a personal collection, as well as borrowed photographs from other collectors, to tell the story of Elbert County.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Elbert County Monuments 11

2 Revolutionary Activity 17

3 County Creation and Growth 23

4 Civil War Era and Aftermath 33

5 Progress and Problems 45

6 Postwar Prosperity 67

7 Bicentennial Fever 111

8 Present and Future 115

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