Marion County Courthouse, 1850, Buena Vista

Marion County Courthouse Buena Vista GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Marion County is likely unique in that it has two antebellum courthouses still standing, this one and the one at Tazewell. The brick for this courthouse was fired locally. A remodel in the 1890s transformed it from a plain vernacular appearance to its present Neoclassical style. It was modernized in the 1960s.

buena vista ga thaddeus oliver monument photograph copyright brian brown vanisning south georgia usa 2010

There is a second confederate monument on the lawn. Though his claim to sole authorship of the famed Civil War poem and song, “All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight” is now disputed, Thaddeus Oliver (b. 25 December 1826 in Twiggs County) remains one of Georgia’s favorite Confederate sons. In 1850 he went to Marion County and taught at the Buena Vista Academy, was admitted to the bar in 1852, and was serving as Solicitor General of the Chattahoochee Circuit when he mustered into Confederate service on 15 April 1861. He died of wounds in a Charleston hospital on 21 August 1864.  His famous poem was purportedly written at Aqula Creek, Virginia, in August 1861. He is buried about ten miles west of Hawkinsville (Georgia Highway 26 at Loggins Road).

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1 thought on “Marion County Courthouse, 1850, Buena Vista

  1. Don Day

    Brian, I am enjoying your input about ‘LANDS CROSSING’, in Irwin co., we lived about a mile and half down a dirt road west of the crossing and loved it, the community was great. We generally stopped at the store on George Clements side but also Mr. Land’s store. I first voted in 1964 in the little voting building on Mr. Lands side, the one you had a picture of recently. We traveled the ‘Ten Mile Trail’ a lot. Keep up the good work.

    By the way, I was born close to Waterloo, lived there until 1958, when we moved to Lands Crossing. LaDon Day

    Sent from my iPad


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