The Settlement of Darien, Georgia
by Ann R. Davis
Gen. James Oglethorpe, seeing the need to settle the Spanish-threatened coast below Savannah with soldiers whose fierceness in battle was legendary, sent out recruiters to Scotland to choose "the Freemen of Gentlemen's families...Industrious, laborious and Brave; speaking the Highland language." In January, 1736, the first of these Scottish Highlanders recruited from Inverness made landfall at the place they were to call "Darien".
From the time of the Highlanders to the present, McIntosh County has experienced good fortune and bad. The Highlanders were nearly wiped out at Battle of Fort Moosa in 1740, but rallied with new recruits from Scotland two years later, and defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Bloody Marsh. The county flourished with plantations of rice and sugar cane and exportation of timber on the Altamaha. Although interrupted with two hurricanes in 1804 and 1824 McIntosh recovered from each and Darien was reported to be a beautiful town when the Union troops looted and set fire to it in June, 1863. Still, Darien was rebuilt and the lumber mills were soon running again. Then, in 1898, the worst hurricane of record struck, devastating the county. Since that time, the scenic fishing town of Darien and the county's many islands and waterways have become a refuge for those seeking quiet and serenity among its mossy oaks and marshes.
Darien is the county seat of McIntosh County. Other place names in the county, historically or presently include:
|Ardoch||Cedar Point||Hog Hammock||Rogersville|
|Ashantilly||Chimney Villa||Huxford||Sapelo Island|
|Bellville||Credit Hill||Julianton||South Newport|
|Briar Patch or Bolton||Crescent||Mentionville||The Thicket|
|Brickyard||Fair Hope||Oak Hill||Valona|
|Cannon Bluff||Gopher Hill||Pine Harbor||Warsaw|
|Carnigan||Harris Neck||the Ridge||Youngs Island|
Surnames of the first Scotch Highlanders who settled in McIntosh County were:
Back to History Index
Copyright ©GlynnGen.com All Rights Reserved
Material on this site is one of kind, having been published here for the first time ever. This data was compiled by Amy Hedrick
for the GlynnGen website to be used for your personal use and it is not to be reproduced in any manner on other websites or electronic media,
nor is it to be printed in any resource books or materials. Thank you!
Want to make a contribution?
Donate via PayPal: