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Significant Dates in the History of Glennville, Georgia


1773 - Creek Chieftans cede portions of eastern Tattnall County to the Royal Province of Georgia


1795 - Hen Cart Road links Glennville with the Savannah seacoast area


1800 - Numerous land grants result in the establishment of several large plantations and farms in the area (approximatedly 250 by 1831)


1850 - "Sea Island Cotton" and other crops bring economic prosperity to the region as railroads provide better routes to market


1854 - Matlock Post Office established to serve the growing population


1855 - Aquila Weathers erects first store at the Hen Cart Road and Johnston Station intersection


1857 - Philadelphia Church (now First Baptist) organized


1860 - A one-room schoolhouse opens


1861-65 - Economic growth ends and plantations collapse as Civil War ravages the area


1884 - School re-opens as "Tattnall Institute" under the direction of Philadelphia Baptist Church


1889 - A new post office is erected and the village is named "Glennville" after Baptist Preacher and schoolteacher Glenn J. Thompson


1894 - The Town of Glennville is incorporated consisting of at least four stores, a blacksmith shop, a cotton gin, two churches, and a livery stable.


1900 - Population is listed as 234 within a radius of one mile from the Masonic Lodge serving as City Hall


1903 - A telephone line connects Glennville with Hagan; A lot on Caswell street is purchased as site of new City Hall and Fire Department


1904 - Survey shows eight general stores, a pharmacy, a clothing store, several cotton gins, a saw mill, two blacksmith shops, and other miscellaneous enterprises


1905 - The Glennville Bank is chartered; The town's first newpaper, the Glennville Observer, begins publishing


1906 - A fire levels most of the business district; Georgia Coast & Piedmont Railroad reaches Glennville (three other railroads would serve the area over the next four decades)


1908 - The area surrounding the crossroads is laid out into blocks and lots are given street numbers


1913 - City water works and electrical plants begin construction


1925 - The Glennville Sentinel publishes its first edition


1928 - County agents suggest onion crop to help bolster an economy seeing a slowdown in tobacco and cotton sales



1930 - Tattnall Builders association formed to promote local merchants


1934 - Glennville Chamber of Commerce organized with 45 members


1936 - First mention of a migrant community helping with the harvest and sale of tomatoes


1938 - The first of ten Tomato Festivals held (1938-41 and 1949-54)




1947 - DOT approves routing of U.S. Highway 301 through Glennville


1950 - A two-decade long tourist boom gives rise to motels, gas stations,  and restaurants. (Tourism dried up after the opening of I-95 and I-16)


1961 - WKIG radio goes on the air


1965 - Glennville Merchants Association formed


1970 - City limits extended for the first time since 1905; "The Accomodating City"  chosen as official city slogan


1977 - First Annual Sweet Onion Festival held


1980 - Chamber of Commerce re-organized


1990 - Chamber dissolves and re-organizes as Merchants and Professionals  Association to make way for Greater Tattnall Chamber


2007 - GMPA recognizes the need to resume Chamber of Commerce name in order to be more accessible to inquiries from persons considering  a move to Glennville




The above data was gleaned primarily from the Sep. 29, 1994 Centennial Edition of the Glennville Sentinel.

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