Elberton, Georgia: Old Dan Tucker's Grave

A slaveowner who died in 1818 was the inspiration for a popular minstrel song. His remote grave is an official Georgia tourist attraction.

Address:
Old Dan Tucker Cemetery Rd, Elberton, GA
Directions:
From Elberton, drive east on Hwy 72 for 8.5 miles. At the gas station, left onto Pearl Mill Rd (This is where you'll see the historical marker). Drive three miles. Turn right onto Heardmont Rd. Drive 1.5 miles. Just after you cross the train tracks, bear right onto a dirt road. Follow this road straight for two miles, following the signs to Dan Tucker's Grave. When the road reaches a dead end, follow the trail into the woods for a quarter-mile to the tiny cemetery.
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Old Dan Tucker's Grave

Heads up: grave is down a 2 mile gravel road by car, then a 1/2 mile hike on a well established forest trail. Lots of spider webs across the trail; when we got to the fenced cemetery was greeted by a nest of red paper wasps. Please be careful and carry Epi pen if you have allergies to bees.

[M Lange, 07/11/2022]

Old Dan Tucker grave.

Old Dan Tucker's Grave

American folk figure. The Rev. Daniel Tucker was the "Old Dan Tucker" of the minstrel song by Daniel Decatur Emmett. The most memorable lines of the song are, "Now old Dan Tucker's a fine old man, Washed his face in a frying pan, Combed his hair with a wagon wheel, And died of a toothache in his heel...."

[Paula, 02/25/2017]

A nearby historical marker (1957) claims that slave owner Tucker "was loved by the Negroes, who composed the many verses of the famous ditty, 'Old Dan Tucker.'"


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