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Birthplace of the University of Georgia Historical Marker - Savannah, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 32° 04.850 W 081° 05.419
17S E 491476 N 3549399
Quick Description: The Birthplace of the University of Georgia (Meeting Place of Legislature in 1785) Historical Marker is located in a park at Bay and Drayton Sts in Savannah, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 1:50:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM3XYC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
Views: 22

Long Description:
The marker reads:
"The Birthplace of the University of Georgia
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 equalled by any other house in the state" for "business, and conveniency 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 of learning in this state" - the preamble reciting that it 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 moulded 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.

025-46 Georgia Historical Commission 1957"
Type of Marker: Park

Marker #: 025-46

Date: 1957

Sponsor: Not listed

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