Jenkins County Place Names
The old settlement of Birdsville, since 1767 has been the ancestral seat of the family
of Phillip Jones (d. 1789). Most of the surrounding land and property has remained in the hands of
his descendants since 1750 and the original house begun by him in 1767 is still standing as one
of the oldest and stateliest antebellum mansions in Georgia. Birdsville is located on the Old
Louisville Road and was for the first half of the nineteenth century a station on the stage coach
route from Georgia's second Capital to Savannah. During the War Between the States the Jones
Mansion was spared Sherman's torch by the heroic resistance of its mistress, Mrs. William
B. Jones. Six generations of descendants of Phillip Jones have lived there.
Note: The information above comes from the Georgia Historical Commission's marker (GHM 082-6) for Birdsville.
Camp Lawton Also known as Fort Lawton. POW camp (1864) for Union prisoners of war located at what is now Magnolia Springs State Park (see Civil War page for Jenkins County). Also see Camp Lawton on the Magnolia Springs website. Camp Lawton included a 42-acre stockade. This was the largest camp ever built by the Confederacy to receive prisoners-of-war.
Lawton (Lawtonville) Railway station/community located on the Augusta and Savannah Railroad just east of Magnolia Springs (Camp Lawton). Little remains today except for the Lawtonville Cemetery.
Magnolia Spring Georgia State park located 5 miles north of Millen on US25. Millen National Fish Hatchery and Bo Ginn Aquarium co-located there in 1954. See Magnolia Springs. This 948-acre state park is named for the crystal clear spring. The spring puts out nine million gallons of water each day.
Millen County seat for Jenkins County. Incorporated September 30, 1881. Originally called "79" or "Old 79" because it was 79 miles from Savannah on the Central Railroad. Later (about 18xx) changed to Millen station after John B. Millen, an engineer for the Central of Georgia railroad. Prior to the establishment of Jenkins as a county three counties (Burke, Emanuel, and Screven) came together in Millen. In the 2000 Census, Millen had a population of 3,492 persons.
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