Midway, located in Liberty County on Highway 17 between Savannah and Darien, has a long and distinguished history. The community was founded by English Puritans, who migrated to St. John's Parish, Georgia, from Dorchester, South Carolina, in 1752, and established two settlements: a new Dorchester and another nearby settlement, which became the much more prominent Midway community.
These settlers held strong political opinions and took an early stand for independence. In May 1775 a St. John's Parish resident, Lyman Hall, was sent as a delegate to the Continental Congress. A year later Hall and another St. John's Parish man, Button Gwinnett, along with George Walton of Augusta, signed the Declaration of Independence. In 1777, as a result of this strong support for independence, St. John's Parish combined with St. Andrew's and St. James's parishes to become Liberty County.
According to the 2010 census figures, the population of Midway was 2,121.
Allen D. Candler, ed., The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, vols. 1-26 (Atlanta: Franklin, 1904-16).
Kenneth Coleman, ed., The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, vols. 27-29 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1977-85).
Harold E. Davis, The Fledgling Province: Social and Cultural Life in Colonial Georgia, 1733-1776 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1976).
Virginia Fraser Evans, comp., Liberty County, Georgia: A Pictorial History ([Hinesville?] Ga.: Liberty County Board of Commissioners, 1979).
Robert Manson Myers, ed., The Children of Pride: A True Story of Georgia and the Civil War (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972).
Judith A. Shippey, Hinesville
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