Major William Horton

Major William Horton (HMBI3)

Location: Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Glynn County
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N 31° 6.103', W 81° 24.876'

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Born in England
Came to Georgia in 1736
Died at Savannah in 1748

These are the remains of Horton's tabby house. Major Horton of Oglethorpe's Regiment, the first English resident of Jekyll Island, erected on the north end of Jekyll a two-story dwelling and large barn. He cleared fields here for cultivation of crops which suppliedthe settlers at Frederica on St. Simons Island, a neighboring island, who would have suffered except for this assistance. Major Horton cut a road across the north end of Jekyll, running east and west, from this tabby house to the beach. This road is still known as the Horton Road.

Major Horton was a trusted officer chosen by James Oglethorpe for important missions. Upon Oglethorpe's final return to England in 1743, Major Horton succeeded him as commander of the military forces of the Colony of Georgia.

Poulain du Bignon, owner of Jekyll Island after the Revolutionary War, repaired the Horton tabby house and made it his home. As the du Bignon family grew, wooden wings were added to the house.
HM NumberHMBI3
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number063-15
Year Placed1956
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 7:18am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 460461 N 3440948
Decimal Degrees31.10171667, -81.41460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 6.103', W 81° 24.876'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 6' 6.18" N, 81° 24' 52.56" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1147 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island GA 31527, US
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