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Campbellton is an unincorporated community in southwestern Fulton County, Georgia, that lies along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The area prior to white settlement was populated by the Creek Indians. Campbellton was settled by several families. The Beavers Family owned and farmed a large portion of the area on both sides of the Chattahoochee River. The main house, built by the Beavers' is a Greek Style farmhouse, and sits across the road from the original Campbell County courthouse and town square. In 1920, W. F. Lee purchased the Beavers Home along with 350 acres (1.4 km2) of rich, river farmland, and the Lees farmed it up until the late 1970s. The children of W. H. Lee numbered seven, and owned part of the original tract through the 1990s, with W. H. Lee Jr.'s land finally being sold near the turn of the 21st century. Fulton County eventually purchased the Beavers Home and 16 surrounding acres, and had it declared a Green Space. Several historic buildings remain in Campbellton, including Campbellton Methodist Church, the original Campbellton Baptist Church Cemetery, and the Masonic Lodge. Both cemeteries bear the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers, as the Union Army occupied the Beavers Home during General William Tecumsah Sherman's Civil War march through Georgia to Savannah, and skirmishes were fought in and around Campbellton. The cemeteries also bear the graves of and from families of the original and subsequent settlers. Campbellton was the original county seat for Campbell County, Georgia, until it refused to allow the Atlanta & West Point Railroad line on account of the anticipated noise. It faded away as nearby Fairburn grew, that becoming the second and final seat from 1870 through the end of 1931. Campbell then became part of Fulton as of 1932.

Coordinates: 33°39′01″N 84°40′10″W / 33.65028°N 84.66944°W / 33.65028; -84.66944

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