Looking at how suburbia has sprouted throughout this once-rural region, it’s hard to imagine its past as a wilderness.
Ancient peoples lived along the shores of the Alafia River and around its springs, as evidenced by artifacts found in Lithia Springs and throughout the area.
When Georgia settlers moved into the region under the Armed Occupation Act before the Civil War, among them was cattleman James Alderman and his family.
Now protected as public lands on both sides of the river, Alderman’s Ford is a crossing he established between the shoals of the Alafia River to move cattle across it.
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