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Location: Fort Gaines, GA 39851 Clay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 36.363', W 85° 2.924'

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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.

Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number030-3_MARKER
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 685107 N 3498422
Decimal Degrees31.60605000, -85.04873333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 36.363', W 85° 2.924'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 36' 21.78" N, 85° 2' 55.44" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 Washington St, Fort Gaines GA 39851, US
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