Introduction to Blakely, Georgia
Creek Indians were the original inhabitants of the area. In the early 1800s, General Jackson conquered the natives, and on August 9, 1814, the treaty at Fort Jackson in Alabama was signed and the land was ceded to Georgia. In 1825, the County of Baker was created out of Early County, which eventually led to the establishment of the City of Blakely. The community was named in honor of Captain Johnston Blakeley who disappeared at sea during the War of 1812. Blakely was incorporated as a city on October 24, 1870. Due to the city's large production of peanut products, it is nicknamed "The Peanut Capital of the World."
Blakely and Nearby Attractions
- Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park
- Wiregrass Museum of Art
- Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge
- Providence Canyon State Park
- Dothan Area Botanical Gardens
Things To Do In Blakely
Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park is an important archaeological site in the city of Blakely. Covering 1,294 acres, the park includes the Indian Museum, seven earthen mounds built by Weeden Island and Swift Creek Indians between 250 and 950 A.D., two lakes, and an amphitheater. It offers facilities for camping, boating, hiking, and golfing. The Albany Museum of Art, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, and Georgia Rural Telephone Museum are also close by. Lakepoint Resort State Park, Florida Caverns State Park, Blue Springs State Park, and Chattahoochee State Park are popular parks in the area. The city also offers easy access to the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, and Adventureland theme park.
Dothan Regional Airport is the nearest major airport.
Blakely Higher Education
Colleges near Blakely include the Andrew College, Troy University - Dothan, Wallace Community College - Dothan, and Bainbridge College.