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

Site of Fort Gaines Female College

 
 
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By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
1. Site of Fort Gaines Female College Marker
Inscription. In 1857, the Legislature authorized a lottery to complete this college, chartered in 1838 as Fort Gaines Female Institute. It was finished in 1859. Sereno Taylor was the first principal, followed by John W. Grant. The large college building was used for a “tax-in–kind” depot -- for storage of one-tenth of all food and wool raised -- for the support of the Confederate Army. At the close of the war, Confederate soldiers distributed contents of this and two other local warehouses to families in this area before Federal troops arrived. Used for a lime as barracks for Federal soldiers, it became again an important educational center. The school closed after an epidemic of typhoid fever.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 030-8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 36.444′ N, 85° 3.231′ W. Marker is in Fort Gaines, Georgia, in Clay County. Marker is on Jefferson Street 0 miles west of Jackson Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Gaines GA 39851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
2. Site of Fort Gaines Female College Marker
marker. The Old Lattice Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); In the Confederacy (about 500 feet away); The 1836 Fort (about 600 feet away); Old Pioneer Cemetery (about 800 feet away); Fort Gaines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Sites (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Gaines Guards (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clay County (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Gaines.
 
Categories. EducationWar, US Civil
 
Site of Fort Gaines Female College Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
3. Site of Fort Gaines Female College Marker
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By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
4. Site of Fort Gaines Female College Marker
Looking west on Jefferson Street toward Bluff Street
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By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
5. Site of Fort Gaines Female College Marker
The site is now occupied by public tennis courts.
 
 
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