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Charlton County Historical Markers

Charlton County


  • Source: Keith Hair
  • Marker: Charlton County
  • Location: Charlton County Courthouse, Folkston, Ga.

CHARLTON COUNTY

Created by an Act of February 18, 1854 out

of Camden County, Charlton County was named

for Judge Robert M. Charlton of Savannah.

Trader’s Hill (Fort Alert), an important

shipping point and head of navigation on

St. Marys River, was the first County Site.

In 1901, Folkston became the County Site

after the Savannah, Florida & Western RR

was in operation. The first County Officers,

elected in April, 1854, were: Daniel R. Dedge,

Sheriff; J.H. Oliver, Clerk of both Courts;

Francis M. Smith, Ordinary; John E. Gibson,

Tax Receiver; J.H. Bessant, Surveyor; James S.

Bennett, Coroner; Louis N.G. Strickland, soon

replaced by H. Roddenberry, Tax Collector.

024-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1958