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Fort Gaines in Clay County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

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By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
1. Historic Sites Marker
Inscription. DILL HOUSE ~ John Dill (1788-1856) of S.C., military aide to Gen. Gaines, commander of Fort Gaines, and leading pioneer citizen, is said to have built this, “the finest home on the frontier,” with money his wife had saved while a captive of the Indians. Hoarding and hiding paper money, which her captors discarded after raids, she took it with her when she fled to freedom. The original part of the house, now a hotel, contains elaborate mantles and intricate carvings. Gen. Dill established a mercantile business with his partner, John W. Sutlive, in 1821. He added a tannery, one of the finest harness and shoe businesses in the South, a brick kiln, and cotton warehouses to his interests. He and his wife are buried in a cemetery on Carroll Street.

LIVE OAK TREE ~ This magnificent tree, with a circumference of 16 feet was brought from Florida and planted by Gen. Gaines.

THE GLOBE ~ “Globe Tavern,” first operated by Charles Suddoph, was at the NW corner of Washington and Carroll Streets. The brass globe at its entrance signified the tavern, “the most popular in SW Georgia,” was open and ready to refresh the traveler. When the tavern burned, the globe was moved across the street.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 030-3.)

Historic Sites Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
2. Historic Sites Marker

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 36.363′ N, 85° 2.924′ W. Marker is in Fort Gaines, Georgia, in Clay County. Marker is on North Washington Street (Georgia Route 39) 0 miles north of Carroll Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 N. Washington Street, Fort Gaines GA 39851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Gaines Guards (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clay County (about 700 feet away); Clay County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines (about 700 feet away); Queen City of the Chattahoochee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Fort Gaines Female College (approx. 0.3 miles away); In the Confederacy (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Gaines.
 
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Historic Sites Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
3. Historic Sites Marker
The Dill House is in the background.
Historic Sites Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
4. Historic Sites Marker
The marker stands in front of the General Gaines Live Oak.
The Dill House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
5. The Dill House
 
 
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