Malbone was the 1866 home of Robert Mackay Stiles and served as a post office between 1886 and 1915. Malbone was named for the famous miniaturist, Edward Green Malbone, born in 1777, who was also a cousin of Stiles. Robert was the third child of William Henry Stiles and Eliza Mackay Stiles, owners of the adjoining estate, Etowah Cliffs. Malbone is located on the south side of the Etowah River facing Stiles Road.
Source: Historic Bartow County, Circa 1828-1866 by The Etowah Valley Historical Society; United States and Worldwide Postal History by Jim Forte.