Thank you for
visiting Elberton, Georgia. While you are in town, be
sure to make plans to explore our city and view some of the
something to offer for every individual, whether you are a
history buff touring the Georgia Guidestones, and outdoor
lover camping at Lake Russell, or an enthusiastic shopper
taking in the sales on the Elberton Square.
Take a moment
to scroll down and learn about the things that make Elberton
Elberton Granite Museum
Attracting more than 4,000 visitors annually, the
Elberton Granite Museum and Exhibit features exciting
historical exhibits, artifacts and educational displays.
Three tiers of self-guided exhibits allow visitors to see
unique granite products as well as antique granite working
tools used in the quarrying, sawing, polishing, cutting and
sandblasting of granite cemetery.
Georgia Guidestones are a huge granite artifact located on a
hilltop in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. It is
sometimes referred to as the "American Stonehenge". A
message comprising ten guides is inscribed on the structure
in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is
inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient
scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian
Hieroglyphs. The true identity of those who
commissioned the construction of the stones are unknown, and
the stones are said to possess astronomical significance.
Richard B. Russell State Park
on a 26,500-acre lake, Richard B. Russell State Park offers
some of the state's finest fishing and boating. The
park's campground and fully equipped cottages are located on
or near the water's edge for a relaxing getaway. A
nature trail follows the shoreline to one of the oldest
steel pin bridges in the area, loops through the adjoining
woods and returns to the beach.
Dan Tucker's Grave
Tucker's Grave" is the burial site of Reverend Daniel Tucker
who came to Elbert County to take up a land grant and became
one of the country's most useful and best known citizens.
Rev. Tucker died April 7, 1818. His grave site is
located off Highway 72 east of Elberton. Besides
farming and carrying travelers across the river, Daniel
Tucker was probably best known for his role as a Methodist
minister who cared very deeply for the slave population.
He spent much of his time teaching them and praying with
them. The slaves adored him, writing verse after verse
about him to show their appreciation for all that he did for
them. Their song about "Old Dan Tucker" has become a
famous part of American folk music. Daniel tucker died
in 1818 and was buried near his home. Today, his grave
lies on a hill overlooking Lake Russell.
Nancy Hart's Cabin
Hart Log Cabin was the home site of Nancy Hart. She
was a staunch patriot, a deadly shot, a skilled doctor, and
a good neighbor. A spy for the Colonists, she is
credited with capturing several British Tories. The
cabin is located off Highway 17, south of Elberton. In
1932, the Elbert County Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, recognizing the contribution of Nancy
Hart, erected replica of her cabin on the site of the
original home place. The stones from the fireplace and
chimney of Benjamin and Nancy Hart's early home were used to
recreate the cabin to its original state.
The Granite Bowl
and Elbert County contains one of the most unique features
in the state of Georgia and hundreds maybe thousands of
football fans will attest to this fact. Beginning in
the summer of 1951, local contractors loaned bulldozers for
the project. The spring was covered and a drainage
pipe funneled it under the portion leveled for the playing
field. Local granite companies donated various sizes
of sawed pieces of granite for seating areas. Sand for
mortar was donated, fill-in dirt was donated and money was
contributed. In 1954, the Elberton Blue Devils
prepared for the first game. It had a field-level
granite wall circling the field. On the home side five
rows of granite seats were complete between the 20-yard
lines. The visitors' side had only two rows, with a
40-foot dirt hill rising above it. The Granite Bowl
has been upgraded through the years. The second major
push to finish the stadium came in 1961 enlarging the
seating capacity to 20,000. Another interesting
addition to the field is the scoreboard sign acquired from
Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs, in 1991.
Bobby Brown State Park
where the old town of Petersburg once thrived during the
1790s, this park is named in memory of Lt. Robert T. Brown,
U.S. Navy, who gave his life in World War II.
Petersburg was situated where the Broad and Savannah rivers
flow into the Clarks Hill Reservoir, now an outstanding
state recreational area. When water levels are low,
visitors can see some of the foundations of the old town and
imagine large plantations once flourishing. The park's
strategic location on the largest man-made lake east of the
Mississippi provides excellent fishing and water recreation.