Chatsworth in Murray County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mystery Shrouds Fort Mountain
From the brink of a cliff on the east side of the mountain, the wall extends 885 feet to another precipice on the west side. Its highest parts measure about seven feet but generally it rises to a height of two or three feet. There are 29 pits scattered fairly regularly along the wall, with the ruins of a gateway at one point.
Speculation regarding the builders and their purpose covers a wide field. It includes references to sun-worship and last-ditch defense by prehistoric white people, bloody warfare between rival Indian tribes, defense fortifications for Spanish conquistadors hunting gold and a honeymoon haven for Cherokee Indian newlyweds.
Nobody knows which of the many legends and theories is true and which false. The true answer still lies buried somewhere in antiquity and may never be unearthed.
Erected 1968 by Georgia Department of State Parks.
Location. 34° 46.702′ N, 84° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth GA 30705, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Legends of Fort Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Mountain State Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Murray County (approx. 3½ miles away); Old Federal Road (approx. 4.2 miles away); Forks of the Old Federal Road (approx. 5.8 miles away); Springplace Mission (approx. 6.2 miles away); Chief Vann House (approx. 6½ miles away); John Howard Payne (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatsworth.
More about this marker. The marker is located within Fort Mountain State Park. A day use fee is charged to enter the park.
A campground, as well as cabins are available. Also located in the park is a lake and swim beach, miniature golf, paddle boats and many picnic areas and trails.
The 2009 season has some state parks as possibly being closed. This park with it's facilities and popularity, is probably low on the list for closing. If traveling any great distance to visit, please check beforehand to make sure it is open.
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Also see . . .
1. Fort Mountain State Park. Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest close to the Cohutta Wilderness area, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities. (Submitted on September 18, 2008.)
2. Ancient Architects of Georgia. "The wall is believed to have been built around 400 A.D. and to have had a ceremonial function since it lacks certain characteristics necessary for defensive purposes..." (Submitted on September 19, 2008.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
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