Shoemaker and Soldier

Shoemaker and Soldier (HM1BXQ)

Location: Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Glynn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 13.416', W 81° 23.436'

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Fort Frederica National Monument

"The soldiers have the privilege of cutting timber and building houses for their families, which many have done, and thrive very well." London Magazine 1747

The first settler on this lot was John LeValley, Jr., a shoemaker. After four years at Frederica, LeVally became dissatisfied and moved with his family to Carolina.

The foundation discovered here probably belonged to a house built by Primrose Maxwell, a lieutenant in Oglethorpe's Regiment. Lieutenant Maxwell took part in the 1740 expedition against the Spanish at St. Augustine, and also served as a pallbearer at the funeral of the great Indian leader Tomochichi.

The house was built sometime before 1743 when Maxwell died. A census taken that year described the structure as "a good house built of tabby and timber."

Lieutenant Maxwell built his foundation and walls of tabby, a concrete made of sand, lime, and oyster shells. The wet mixture was poured in successive courses about a foot deep.
Placed ByNational Park Service, United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 11:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 462798 N 3454448
Decimal Degrees31.22360000, -81.39060000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 13.416', W 81° 23.436'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 13' 24.96" N, 81° 23' 26.16" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6515 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, US
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