Birthplace of the University Of Georgia

Birthplace of the University Of Georgia (HM40H)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.848', W 81° 5.413'

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Meeting Place of Legislature in 1785

Directly across Bay Street from this marker formerly stood the brick building. Built in late colonial days and known as the "Coffee House." In which the Legislature of Georgia met in 1785. Owned by Thomas Stone, it was described in a newspaper advertisement in 1785 as having "ten large, cool, elegant rooms" and as "not equaled by any other house in the state" for "business, and convenience for a large family."

While meeting in the house owned by Thomas Stone the House Of Assembly of Georgia enacted on January 28, 1785, an act for the "establishment of a public seat if learning in this state"- the preamble reciting that is was "among the first objects of those who wish well to the national prosperity, to encourage and support the principles of religion and morality, and early to place the youth under the forming hand of society, that by instruction they may be molded to the love of virtue and good order."

The charter granted to the Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia in 1785 was the first charter issued in the United States to a state university.
HM NumberHM40H
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-46
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:40am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491486 N 3549395
Decimal Degrees32.08080000, -81.09021667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.848', W 81° 5.413'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 50.88" N, 81° 5' 24.78" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 228 E Upper Factors Walk, Savannah GA 31401, US
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