William Bartram (1739-1822) was a Quaker naturalist who explored the South before the Revolutionary War. His writings provide history of the times when Cherokee, Creek, Seminole and Choctaw tribes lived in this area.
It is thought that he and his party followed an old Indian Trading Path running from Augusta (Georgia) to Macon (Georgia).
It is believed that Bartram crossed the Flint River near the Old Indian Agency where Benjamin Hawkins was the Agent.
The marker is placed at the Bibb/Crawford County Line where he entered Crawford from Bibb on his trek west crossing Echeeconnee Creek.
"From there to the Chattahoochee he traveled through Taylor County, north of Butler, northern Marion County and, keeping south of the Upatoi Creek, Chattahoochee County, he crossed the Chattahooche River 'with the cheerful and liberal assistance fo the Indians' near present Chambers Landing and continue on his way toward Mobile (Alabama)"
Taylor County Tracer, Vol 7 Issue 6, June 2002
This Bartram marker is located in front of City Hall in Roberta on East Agency Street near the intersection of East Agency and Hicks Road.
Perhaps this was the Wood's Hydrangea which is very common today. It has a white flower, and grows in semi shade.
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