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Fulton County Historical Markers

Montgomery’s Ferry


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Montgomery’s Ferry
  • Location: At Fort Peach Tree, Atlanta Water Works, off Ridgewood Rd

MONTGOMERY’S FERRY

James McC. Montgomery acquired 1000 acres in this vicinity about 1821.Owning land on both sides of the river, he had a private ferry until granted a State franchise, Dec. 25. 1837, signed by his friend, Gov. Geo. Gilmer. It was located where the Seaboard bridge now spans the river & it remained the only traffic crossing on main rd. from Atlanta to Marietta until 1872, except the war-years, 1864-1865, in which the boats disappeared.

Refugees returning, post-war, to N. Georgia & Tenn. had no means of crossing until Thomas Moore & volunteer helpers, after 72 hrs. of incredible effort, constructed an emergency flat.

060-62 Georgia Historical Commission 1956