——8 mi.—→On May 10, 1754 GEORGE TOWN was established at the "Elbow" of Great Ogeechee River, eight miles east. In February, 1755, Gov. Reynolds, dissatisfied with Savannah as a capital and as a port, chose this new site because it has a charming situation, the winding of the river making it a peninsula; and it is the only fit lofty bluff, the more central location in the province, and the greater distance from the rival port of Charleston. He renamed it HARDWICKE in honor of his kinsman, the Earl of Hardwicke, Lord High Chancellor of England. Lots sold quickly, the plan`s backers were granted 21,000 acres of land, and fortifications were planned; but the Home Government granted no funds and the project died, dooming Hardwicke (later HARDWICK) to obscurity.
|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:14am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 470499 N 3534889|
|Decimal Degrees||31.94958333, -81.31215000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 56.975', W 81° 18.729'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 56' 58.50" N, 81° 18' 43.74" W|
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|Area Code(s)||229, 912|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 9878 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill GA 31324, US|
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