“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Payne in DeKalb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Wills Town Mission

Wills Town Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
1. Wills Town Mission Marker
Inscription. The mission was established in 1823 by the American Board of Missions to further education and Christianity among the Cherokee Indians. Mission operated until the Indian removal in 1838.

Grave site of Reverend Ard Hoyt, first superintendent, marks the location of the mission near the corner of 38th Street and Godfrey Avenue.
Erected 1983 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 26.615′ N, 85° 43.199′ W. Marker is in Fort Payne, Alabama, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Gault Avenue North (U.S. 11) east of 4th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Union Park near the water fountain. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Payne AL 35968, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sequoyah (here, next to this marker); Fort Payne’s Fort (here, next to this marker); Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Boom Town Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Payne Opera House (about 400 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Willstown Mission (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Cherokee Council Tree (approx. 10.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Payne.
Also see . . .  Landmark's Projects The Historic Willstown Cemetery. (Submitted on February 27, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,229 times since then and 136 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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