Introduction to Fort Valley, Georgia
Fort Valley History
In the 1820s, a Native American trade post was set up in the area where two early Indian rails intersected. It was settled by James Abbington Everett, a North Carolinian. He was later joined by Allen and William Wiggins, Peter Greene, and Mathew Dorsey. This trade post signaled the beginning of the Fort Valley community. There are many stories regarding the origin of the name of this area. It is said that the city was named 'Fox Valley' by Everett; however, the name was misread by the post office officials as 'Fort Valley.' Other sources state that the community was named in honor of Arthur Fort, a Revolutionary War hero and a friend of Everett.
Fort Valley and nearby Attractions
- Tubman African-American Museum
- Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
- Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base
- Indian Springs State Park
- Georgia Music Hall of Fame
- Sprewell Bluff State Park
Things To Do In Fort Valley
The Tilford Winery and Farms, Greater Georgia Amusements LLC, and Club House McKenzie Memorial are located in the town. There are many parks in the community including Sprewell Bluff State Park, Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, Indian Springs State Park, and Franklin D Roosevelt State Park. The First Baptist Church of Fort Valley, Union Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, and Trinity Baptist Church are the town's churches. The community also hosts annual festivals such as the Georgia Peach Festival and the Fall Festival.
Fort Valley Transportation
Middle Georgia Regional Airport is located nearby.
Fort Valley Higher Education
Higher education is available at Central Georgia Technical College, Fort Valley State University, and Albany State University.