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Habersham County Historical Markers

Summer Home of Joseph Habersham

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Summer Home of Joseph Habersham
  • Location: US 23/US 441 about 2.5 miles north of Clarkesville


This was the summer home of Joseph Habersham of Savannah (1751-1815), Georgia patriot, Revolutionary War hero, and political leader. He was a Colonel in the Continental Army, a member of Continental Congress, and of the Georgia Convention that ratified the Constitution in 1788. Educated at Princeton, he returned to Georgia to aid in organizing the “Liberty Boys” as the Revolution approached. With other patriots, he organized the Council of Safety at Tondee’s Tavern, June 22, 1775. On January 17, 1776, leading a small group, he captured and placed under guard Sir James Wright, British Colonial Governor. With Captain Bowen, he commanded the first commissioned vessel of the Revolution. Twice speaker of the General Assembly, in Georgia’s first legislative body. In 1785, Joseph Habersham signed the first charter granted to a state university in America - that of the University of Georgia. He served as Postmaster General under Presidents Washington, Adams and Jefferson. From 1802 until his death he was president of the Georgia branch of the Bank of the United States. Habersham County, created December 19, 1818, was named for Joseph Habersham.