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Athens, Georgia, USA - Clayton Street, Athens, Ga.

Athens, Clarke, Georgia, USA

Athens is the location of the first university chartered and supported by state funds.

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1854 - Athens
Athens, a flourishing town of Clarke county, Georgia, is situated on the Oconee river, at the terminus of the Athens Branch rail road, 92 miles W. N. W. from Augusta, and 71 miles N. from Milledgeville. The situation is healthy and the climate delightful. Since the construction of the railroad the town has increased rapidly, and has become the market for an extensive cotton-growing region. Among the public buildings are 5 churches, a town-hall, a bank, and several large hotels. There is a cotton manufactory in this town and 3 others within a few miles. The Franklin College of this place is a flourishing institution. Four or five newspapers are issued in Athens.

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Athens
Athens, a city, capital of Clarke co, Ga., on the Oconee River, at the N. terminus of the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad, 92 miles W.N.W. of Augusta, and 70 miles E. by N. of Atlanta. It is also the S.E. terminus of the Northeastern Railroad. Mean annual temperature, 60°. It is the seat of the University of Georgia (non-sectarian), which was founded by the state in 1801 and has 15 professors and a library of about 20,000 volumes. Here is also the "Georgia State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts," which was organized in 1872. Athens contains a city hall, a court-house, the Franklin College, 12 churches, 4 banks, printing-offices, which issue 3 weekly newspapers, 2 or 3 cotton-factories, 1 foundry, 1 flour-mill, 1 manufactory of furniture, &c., besides a female institute and a home school for girls. It is an important market of cotton of which about 25,000 bales are received here annually. Pop, in 1890, 8039.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1908 - THE DAMAGE AT ATHENS ESTIMATED AT $25,000
Athens, Ga., August 26. - As a result of the flood in the Oconee river the Aichan cotton mills have been forced to close down. The damage to the mill will be about $1,000.

The waterworks plant is also under water, and the damage will reach $1,000.

Four bridges near the city and one in the city limits have been destroyed. The total damage in this vicinity will reach $25,000. No trains have been able to reach here since Monday night. Two miles of track on the Central of Georgia railroad have been washed away.

Athens, Ga., August 26. - (Special) - The Oconee receded rapidly today, and at 8 o'clock this afternoon the city waterworks plant was able to resume operations No further damages are reported Crops are not damaged in this section as much as at first feared.
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Atlanta, Georgia
August 27, 1908
1911 - BABY'S LIFE CRUSHED OUT BY FALLING TIES
Father Sat Thirty Feet Away Unconscious of Heart-Breaking Tragedy.

Athens, Ga, April 18 - One of the most shocking deaths in Elbert County was that yesterday afternoon of the little two-and-one-half-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Tucker, who was crushed to death under a heavy cross tie. The mother was busy in the house, the father was on the verandah talking to Rev. George Stone, of Athens. The little tot ran into the porch and showed the father and the preacher her new dress. She tripped lightly round the house in the yard. The preacher left for his appointment at the church and Mr. Tucker went into the house to see if his wife was ready to go and to call the baby.

The search for the baby located her crushed to death under a pile of crossties which had slid down over her, pinning her to the ground and crushing out her breath. The accident occurred in thirty feet of where the father and the minister had been sitting and they had heard no cry from the baby. The parents... Read MORE...

1916
Athens, a city, capital of Clarke co., Ga., on the Oconee River, at the junction and terminus of several lines of rail, way, 92 miles WNW. of Augusta and 73 miles E. by N. of Atlanta. Mean annual temperature, 60°. It is the seat of the University of Georgia (non-sectarian), which was founded by the state in 1801, the Georgia State College of Agriculture, State Normal School, Lucy Cobb Institute for Girls, and other educational institutions. Athens contains a city-hall, court-house, several cotton-factories, woollen- and other mills, various manufactures, etc. It is an important market for cotton, of which large quantities are shipped from here annually. Pop. in 1890, 8639 ; in 1900, 10,245.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Athens has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Athens:
1. Explore the University of Georgia (UGA) Campus:
Start your visit with a stroll through the beautiful UGA campus. Don't miss the historic Arch and the Chapel Bell.

2. Georgia Museum of Art:
Visit this impressive museum to admire a diverse collection of art, from classical to contemporary, and rotating exhibitions.

3. State Botanical Garden of Georgia:
Enjoy the serenity of this 313-acre garden, featuring themed gardens, walking trails, and a tropical conservatory.

4. Sanford Stadium:
If you're a football fan, catch a game at the famous home of the Georgia Bulldogs. The energy in the stadium is electric.

5. 40 Watt Club:
Athens has a legendary music scene, and the 40 Watt Club is a must-visit for live music. Many famous bands got their start here.

6. Georgia Theatre:
Another iconic music venue in town, the Georgia Theatre hosts live performances in a beautifully restored historic building.

7. Downtown Athens:
Take a leisurely walk through the charming streets ... Read MORE...

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male ancestorWilliam Franklin HARVIE (1739, Roseland Nelson County Virginia, USA - 1802, Athens, Georgia, USA)
female ancestorAnn Nancy WINGFIELD (22 May 1759, Anna River, Hanovery, Virginia, USA - 25 November 1832, Athens, Georgia, USA)
male ancestorHope HULL (13 March 1763, Somerset County, Maryland, USA - 4 October 1818, Athens, Georgia, USA)
female ancestorJudith COSBY (1769, Goochland Goochland County Virginia, USA - 1827, Athens, Georgia, USA)
male ancestorStevens THOMAS (8 January 1778, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, USA - 13 April 1838, Athens, Georgia, USA)
photo of Asbury HULLAsbury HULL (30 January 1797, Washington, Wilkes, Georgia, USA - 26 January 1866, Athens, Georgia, USA)
photo of Lucy Cosby HARVIELucy Cosby HARVIE (1798, , Georgia, USA - 4 May 1859, Athens, Georgia, USA)
female ancestorPeninah Walton JORDAN (1801, , North Carolina, USA - 8 October 1869, Athens, Georgia, USA)
male ancestorHenry HULL (30 April 1824, Athens, Georgia, USA - 26 April 1883, Savannah, Georgia, USA)

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