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

Fort Gaines

 
 
Fort Gaines Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
1. Fort Gaines Marker
Inscription. One of several forts on Georgia’s western frontier for the protection of white settlers, Fort Gaines was established in 1816 by order of Gen. Edmund P. Gaines, commander of a large district, who used this as his headquarters. Containing two blockhouses, the 100-foot square fort was enclosed by a stockade eight feet high. During 1817, when Indians were active in the area, settlers look refuge in the fort, garrisoned by Federal troops under Gen. John Dill. Maintained for a number of years, the fort stood on the brow of the bluff just below the confluence of Town Branch with Chemochechobee Creek.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 030-6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 36.314′ N, 85° 3.282′ W. Marker is in Fort Gaines, Georgia, in Clay County. Marker can be reached from Extension of Bluff Street 0.1 miles south of Carroll Street. Click for map. The marker is located on an unnamed road from Bluff Street to the Frontier Village. 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 marker. The 1836 Fort (about 300 feet away, measured
Fort Gaines Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
2. Fort Gaines Marker
in a direct line); In the Confederacy (about 300 feet away); The Old Lattice Bridge (about 400 feet away); Old Pioneer Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Site of Fort Gaines Female College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chattahoochee River Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away in Alabama); Franklin - First Beachhead into East Alabama (approx. 0.3 miles away in Alabama); Fort Gaines Guards (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Gaines.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
Fort Gaines Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
3. Fort Gaines Marker
The marker stands next to the blockhouse on the bluff; the railing to the right overlooks the Chattahoochee River.
Fort Gaines Frontier Village Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
4. Fort Gaines Frontier Village
The marker stands in the Fort Gaines Frontier Village, made up of old buildings moved from throughout the county to the area of the orginal fort. Visible are the Ingram House (left) and the Newt Engram House, both moved from east of Fort Gaines.
Fort Gaines Frontier Village Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 14, 2011
5. Fort Gaines Frontier Village
Other old building moved to the Fort Gaines Frontier Village from sites in Clay County.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 497 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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