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Benjamin Franklin's best friend and ambassadorial assistant who traveled with him to France to secure funding for the American Revolution is buried in the home cemetery of the EA Flewellen house on Piedmont Road at The Rock, in Georgia, now a private residence. How he came to rest here with his french wife, Marchette, is a bit of a mystery, but an educated guess is that he simply fell in love with the beautiful Piedmont region of Georgia when he and Ben turned their bountiful energies to setting up a Federal Postal service for our new country immediately after the war ended. They travelled well defined Indian roads that were well used by settlers. The old Alabama Road that ran from Augusta, Georgia west to Montgomery and onward as far as Santa Fe ran only 2 miles on the place he chose to homestead on Creek land. The one room homestead went to the Rose family briefly, then onto EA Flewellen who began as Surgeon General of the 5th Calvary Regiment but ended his career as Surgeon General over all the hospitals of the Confederacy. Andersonville Prison was such a thorne in his side, that he testified to the Union when the Confederacy fell, asking that it's director be hanged. He remained in home after its sale to the Bevel family and continued to practice medicine and surgery until his death. Travelling south from the intersection of Highway 36, Piedmont, and onto The Rock Road, approximately one mile, there is a small cemetery of 12 unknown confederate dead on the left in a small well marked cemetery. The town got its name when the mail began to run by stage coach. The only safe and dry place available for a drop central to the settlers was a huge boulder that sat where Highway 36 now runs through the small town. It had a large cleft in its side making it possible for the mail to remain there safely until it could be retrieved. Hence the expression "going to the rock to get the mail" was born along with an address and zip code. When Highway 36 was paved, the Department of Transportation blasted the boulder, but a monument was carved, and a historical marker denoting the stones service as the original "post office". It is located on the left, directly across from the first drive of The Rock Ranch, a recreational facility and meeting place for family fun and activities in Upson and surrounding counties. Check listings online for The Rock Ranch to see what is available. Located about 60 miles south of downtown Atlanta it provides some amazing activities for young and old alike. Hot air balloons, 4th of July fireworks displays, corn mazes, and other amazing year round events. There is also an interesting antique and collectible store with good merchandise in the old store fronts that were once the heart and soul of the community when the railroads ran. The Rock is located on Highway 36 7.5 miles between Barnesville and Thomaston, Georgia. - Bonnie Bevel Maddox

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