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A Town Underwater | Petersburg GA

Petersburg, Georgia was once a thriving agricultural town. In fact, at one time, it was Georgia’s third largest town. To be a community in a time when roads were scarce, it was situated at the prime location of the junction of two rivers, the Broad River and the Savannah River. Trade and travel prospered. But, what happened to Petersburg? Where is it now? Come with us as we delve into the history of this town.

Interesting Facts About Petersburg GA

  • 1 Petersburg, GA was an agricultural town in the late 1700s. Its main crop was tobacco.
  • 2 Petersburg boats were flat-bottomed boats that were used to ship tobacco up and down the Savannah River.
  • 3 The town was named after Petersburg, Virginia, the birthplace of Dionysius Oliver, one of Petersburg GA’s most successful entrepreneurs.
  • 4 In the early 1800s, the town swelled to a population of about 750 people, which was very large for the time.
  • 5 There is a wooded path in Bobby Brown State Park in Elbert County, Georgia that leads to the town’s site on the shore of Lake Thurmond.

Visit the Site of Petersburg GA

Bobby Brown State Outdoor Recreation Area

2509 Bobby Brown State Park Rd, Elberton, GA 30635

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