SCHLEY COUNTY TOWNS
Ellaville is named for Ella Burton, daughter of Robert Burton who sold the land for the townsite. Nearby Pond Town was settled in 1812.
She was the first woman to drive a
car in Americus.
Her automobile was a Baby Maxwell with brass carriage-type lights on each
side of the
windshield. It had to be cranked by hand.
Andrew Chapel--Southern Schley county, just north of
Sumter county line on U.S. 19, received it's name
from the Methodist Church, which was named for
Bishop James O. Andrew, South & North Georgia
Located on State Hwy 271. Take US 19 South from Ellaville, turn left on State Hwy 271
past La Crosse east to Bumphead. Very near the Schley-Sumter County line near Andersonville, GA
Located on State Highway 240 between Tazewell and Murray's Crossroads.
COUNTY LINE--on Bumphead road, near LaCrosse, S.E.
of Ellaville. Before Schley county was formed, this
community was on the line of Lee, Marion, and Macon
EBERNEZAR--S.W. of Ellaville, on Ebenezar Rd., in
GMD 785, in the area known as Lickskillet.
The Schley County News Thursday, August 8th 1895 No. 31
WHO REMEMBERS THIS OLD TOWN?
Very few people, perhaps, are aware that a flourishing town once existed on what is now the Oglethorpe road. It was located about half way between Ellaville and Oglethorpe, and was built before either of these towns were thought of. It is possible that some of our oldest citizens remember the place which was called Hamburg. It was built in the early part of the century long before the progress of the pale face had driven the red man from his happy hunting grounds. There is no trace of the quaint old town and the early settlers who once thronged its streets, have long since passed away. It would be interesting to know more of its history, before it passes entirely into oblivion.
(Note: Hamburg appears on maps from 1846 to 1864 and then disappears. It would have been in what is today Macon Co. on Big Whitewater Creek. On the 1864 map, it was at the intersection of 5 roads.)
Hopewell Community took its name from Hopewell Church, and is located west
of Ellaville on Georgia Highway 26.
Early pioneer settlers included: Snipes, Walls, Chapmans, Sniders, Stevens,
Walters, Sellars, Barrows, McCorkles, Bivins, DeVanes, Pooles, Easons,
Tondees, Owens, Myricks, Collums, Fouches, Tysons, and Raineys.
As with most communities in the 1850's life in Hopewell centered around the
church, school and home. Buck Creek was a favorite spot for Hopewell
residents to enjoy picnics and swimming ....near the Fouch home.
Near there was Walls Crossing where Mr. Henry Wall had a cotton gin around
1880. In 1884, the railroad came to Walls Crossing and farmers shipped cream
to Columbus from the train stop. Grain was also shipped by the carload to
community farms in the area.
On the Lawson Snider place, the railroad placed a water tank. Luke Springs
was located there, and was an ancient Indian camping ground. Arrowheads
were frequently found there.
Walls Crossing also developed the peach business with the McMath, Wall and
Stevens packing houses. These employed many local people.
In 1932 the population of Hopewell had 55 white and 55 African American
families. Today the community is much smaller.
The Schley County News Thursday, August 15th 1895 No. 32
A NEW POST OFFICE
We congratulate the good people of the Shiloh community that they are to have a post office. It will be located near the residence of Mr. Sid Jordan and will be called Jordanville.
Located on State Hwy 271. Take US 19 South from Ellaville, turn left (east) on State Hwy 271 to reach La Crosse. The highway runs north-south through the town. The railroad also runs through the town.
Lowe/Fellowship--E.N.E. of Ellaville near the Macon
Midway--East of Murray's Crossroads near Macon
Myrtle Springs - is an old very dear memory to me. I know it from the late
1940's, till about 1955. It was the place we went to swim during the long
hot summers. There was a swimming pool, a large open air barn where
dances were once held. There were rooms for changing your clothes.
The swimming pool was Spring fed and cold. The man whose name I have
forgotten lived just up the hill, just as his parents did. There were very
large old Magnolia Trees, a few tables for eating. An Office type building
where one would pay or buy a snack. I do remember a Juke box, "Unchained
Melody", and the best tasting water ever.Being the youngest child had it's draw
backs. I never went to a Saturday Night Dance at Myrtle Springs.
later I was back in Schley County. I left the house on what is Green Road
to go see that memory in person. I came back crying... I could not find
Myrtle Springs, they had paved the Roads, houses that marked the turning
place were gone, new houses where there was nothing but fields before.
My uncle assured me that it was still there but I never got back. It was in
the North/West of Sumter County.
Murray's Cross Roads
Located on Intersection of Hwy 19 and State Highway 240 north of Ellaville, just west of Sellers Store and between Concord and Fountainville.
Pond Town (1812-1859)
PPond Town named for its proximity to several ponds
had beginnings as a relay station for the stagecoach
line which ran from Hamburg to Preston. Some say white
men were living in the area as early as 1808
certainly by 1812.
Located on the border between Sumter and Marion
Counties Pond Town became a lively little community
with horse racing and whiskey drinking as favorite
amusements. A post office was established in 1833
with Lovett B. Smith as postmaster.
In 1840 there was a migration of some 20 families to
Mississippi which almost depopulated Pond Town. At
this date there was as yet no church building. A
Baptist congregation was organized in 1843.
Schley County was formed in 1857 and a central site
was chosen for the county seat.
This site Ellaville
was 1/2 mile north of Pond Town. Ellaville's charter
in 1859 effectively sealed Pond Town's fate and
several families moved their houses to the new site.
Today the site of Pond Town is occupied by the city
Putnam--on the county line between Marion and Schley
counties. N.W. of Ellaville, actually in Marion
Schley--North of Buck Creek in North Central Schley
Located on State Hwy 26 between Buena Vista and Ellaville. Take Hwy 26 south from Buena Vista, through Doyle, Putnam and then to Walls Crossing.
Can anyone give me historical data about any of them?
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