Site of Fort Gaines Female College

Site of Fort Gaines Female College (HMW77)

Location: Fort Gaines, GA 39851 Clay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 36.444', W 85° 3.231'

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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.
HM NumberHMW77
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number030-8
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 684619 N 3498563
Decimal Degrees31.60740000, -85.05385000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 36.444', W 85° 3.231'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 36' 26.64" N, 85° 3' 13.86" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 205 Jefferson St, Fort Gaines GA 39851, US
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