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The Bridge House - GHM 047-2 - Dougherty Co., GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 31° 34.648 W 084° 08.936
16R E 770576 N 3497129
Quick Description: The Bridge House state historic marker is located in front of the Albany Visitors Center on Front Street, Albany, GA
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 5:58:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM8VXC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
Views: 7

Long Description:

The Bridge House

Here, at the site of an early ferry over the Flint River, Col Nelson Tift, owner of bridge and ferry rights and the founder of Albany, had a toll bridge constructed by a well known bridge builder, a freed slave named Horace of Columbus. At the same time, in 1857, Col. Tift built this "Bridge House" with the archway serving as entrance to the bridge. The bridge keeper occupied one side of the ground floor; Col. Tift´s office, the other. The second floor was a theatre, known as "Tift´s Hall ". Decorated by New York artists, it was considered the most beautiful in the state. Many leading actors - Laura Keen, Sothern, Mrs. Oates, Sol Smith Russell, Harry McCarthy, the Crisp family, the Templetons - appeared on its stage. At this social center of Albany, dances, masked balls, public social events were held.

During the War Between the States, the great cellars of this building were converted into packing houses and the back yard became a slaughter pen. Thousands of cattle, hogs, and sheep were barreled in pickle for the use of the Confederate Navy.


Type of Marker: Highway

Marker #: GHM 047-2

Date: 1958

Sponsor: Georgia Historical Commission

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