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Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Eatton's Gardens one of the first populated places in Bulloch
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Roger Allen

    Note: The following is the ninth in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.

    The town of Donegal was located first north of Statesboro along the Dover and Statesboro Railroad line, then later on Highway 301 between Clito Road and Scarboro Highway on County Road 474.
    Originally called Outland, the town of Dover was both a major depot on the Central of Georgia Railroad mainline and the terminus of the Dover and Statesboro Railroad.
    The first business in the area was the McDougald-Outland Company, which opened a general store, a turpentine distillery and a cotton gin. The company also owned some 1,185 acres of farmland just outside of Dover. The general store was always crowded with cotton pickers, log cutters, railroad gang workers and area farmers.
    The village of Dover was also the home to two famous men: Wilson C. Cooper, the educator who established Cooper College; and George Cooper, the inventor of the Cooper plow.
    Eatton's Gardens was also known as Eaton's Garden or Eden Gardens. One of the first populated places in Bulloch County, it was located near Burkhalter's Crossing and Ferry on the Ogeechee River, across from the town of Halcyondale.
    During the Revolutionary War, the area was overrun by guerrilla bands of Patriots and Tories. After the war was over, it was the favorite staging grounds of bandit raiders, eventually driven off by local militia led by Rev. William "Fighting Parson" Cone.
    Local resident Alfred Keiffer requested the name of Echo for the post office in his community, because he said you could hear an echo when you yelled in the direction of Rocky Ford, which lay just across the Ogeechee River. The area was lost to Jenkins County when it was formed.
    Edna, a railroad stop on the Shearwood Railroad line located northwest of Groveland on the Daisy-Nevils Road, was named, some say, for W.B. DeLoach's daughter.
    The village of Eldora was located halfway between Highway 80 and Highway 119 on Eldora Road.   
    Roger Allen is a local lover of history. He provides a brief look at the area's historical past. Email Roger at

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