Griswoldville, Georgia

Summary

Coordinates: 32°52′14″N 83°29′20″W / 32.87056°N 83.48889°W / 32.87056; -83.48889

Griswoldville is an unincorporated community in Jones County, in the U.S. state of Georgia.[1] Griswoldville is located about ten miles east of Macon.[2]

HistoryEdit

A post office called Griswoldville was established in 1849, and remained in operation until 1928.[3] Variant names are "Griswold" and "Griswoldsville".[1]

The community was founded as an industrial site/company town by, and named for, Samuel Griswold, proprietor of a local cotton mill.[4][5] In addition to his three-story, 24-room mansion, Griswold built a church, slave and workers quarters, expanded his cotton gin factory (which later produced firearms), a saw mill, a grist mill, brickworks, and factories that made furniture, candles, soap, and other products.[2]

The town was largely destroyed at the Battle of Griswoldville in 1864 during the American Civil War.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Griswoldville
  2. ^ a b "Griswoldville, Georgia - Industry and War in the Old South". www.exploresouthernhistory.com.
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1zVDRRUIew Griswold & Gunnison: The Best Confederate Revolver Makers
  5. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 98. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  6. ^ "Griswoldville". American Battlefield Trust. Retrieved 2 January 2019.