“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Gaylesville in Cherokee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)


Gaylesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angela Nichols, March 1, 2018
1. Gaylesville Marker
Inscription.  Post Office est. in 1836. During the Civil War, the main body of U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman's Army camped around the town in October 1864. A private home served as his headquarters. Despite pleas from citizens, his troops burned the mill and bridge across the Chattooga River as they left for their infamous march to the sea. Gaylesville Academy (later Gaylesville School), the first high school in the county, was organized in 1871. Gaylesville was the first town incorporated in Cherokee County (1886). From 1895-1909, a spur of the Southern Railway ran through the town to ore mines to the north.
Erected by Cherokee County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
Location. 34° 15.867′ N, 85° 33.667′ W. Marker is in Gaylesville, Alabama, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of Canyon Drive (Alabama Route 35) and Main Street (Alabama Route
Gaylesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angela Nichols
2. Gaylesville Marker
68), on the right when traveling south on Canyon Drive. Located on the grounds of the Gaylesville Fire Department. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4740 Main Street, Gaylesville AL 35973, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chattooga River (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornwall Furnace (approx. 2 miles away); Long Shadows House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Gen. N.B. Forrest Captured Col. A.D. Streight (approx. 2.4 miles away); Indian Village of Costa (approx. 3.9 miles away); David Hartline (approx. 6˝ miles away); History of Taff, Alabama (approx. 6˝ miles away); Gen. John B. Hood Headquarters (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaylesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2018, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2018, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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