A tour around the future site of Troupville River Camp and River Park, at and near the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, just west of Valdosta, on GA 133 at Val Tech Road, off of I-75 Exit 18. Included are some more pictures of that old dam site and the likely location of the Thomasville Stage Road Bridge on the Little River. Withlacoochee River pictures include the proposed takeout for Troupville River Camp, a slough, and several cleared deadfalls. Plus Old Broad Street. All this could go on a kiosk for Troupville River Park.
Using datapoints from this and other walkarounds, this map includes the apparent routes of two streets of old Troupville, the seat of Lowndes County before Valdosta: Broad Street, running north and south, and the Thomasville Stage Road, coming in from the west, joining at Troupville Town Square, where Swain’s Hotel and Tavern was. Archaeology is needed to confirm or disprove these routes, and to find other streets and sites.
There are more pictures on the WWALS website.
For some history of old Troupville, see:
- Ockolocoochee, Little River 1889-01-29
- A Sketch of the Early History of Lowndes County, Georgia by Georgia Genealogy Trails
- Does anybody have a copy of “White’s Statistics,” published by Dr. White in 1849?
- How about Montgomery M. Folsom’s series of articles, “Down the River” in the Valdosta Times in 1885?
Thanks to Suzy Hall for uncovering those last three items. More Troupville History later.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®