Historic Markers Across Georgia

Savannah—Ogeechee Canal

Marker ID: GHS 25-16
Location: Near Intersection of Ga 204 and Bush Rd at the Canal Museum
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 1.3443    W 081° 18.94008
  32.022405    -81.31566
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4JQ3
Savannah—Ogeechee Canal Marker  


Chartered in 1842, the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal was constructed between 1826 and 1830 by African and Irish laborers who moved thousands of cubic yards of earth. A boon to Georgia´s economy, the canal moved cotton, rice, bricks, and natural fertilizer. The lumber industry revived canal usage following a Civil War-era lull, but a yellow fever epidemic blamed on the canal caused a further decline. the canal closed in the early 1890´s as the Central of Georgia Railroad served transportation needs. Beginning at the Savannah River, the canal comprises six locks and 16.5 miles, ending at the Ogeechee River.