Fortson House 1858 / The Fortson Community - HCC - Muscogee Co., GA
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N 32° 36.411 W 084° 56.207
16S E 693605 N 3609582
Quick Description: This two sided marker about the Fortson House 1858 and The Fortson Community is located at 11000 Fortson Road, Fortson, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 4/30/2010 2:07:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM8Q1F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
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Long Description:

Fortson House 1858


Thomas and Elizabeth Almond settled in this area with her orphaned brother Thomas Daniel Fortson in the 1830s. In 1858, as a prominent farmer, Fortson built this Greek Revival Georgian Cottage, its surrounding outbuildings and cotton terraces. He also ran a gristmill on the nearby Heiferhorn Creek during the Civil War. His son, Thomas Willis Fortson, established a general store and was appointed Station Agent and Postmaster for Fortson, Georgia in 1885. The Fortson House has remained continously in the family and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Historic Columbus Foundation, and Dr. and Mrs. Mark R. Fortson 2008


The Fortson Community


Originally called Blanchard´s Crossing, this area was renamed Fortson in 1885 when the Columbus & Rome Railroad built a station on Fortson property. Thomas Willis Fortson established the Fortson General Store and Post Office, housed from 1904 in the brick building adjacent to the tracks. Luther Getzen Fortson operated the store and post office until 1963. Across the tracks from the store, the Getzen House, built in 1882 for T.W. Fortson´s sister, was the home of his in-laws, Samuel Luther and Fannie Mealing Getzen, who organized the Getzen Memorial Baptist Church in 1904.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Historic Columbus Foundation, and Dr. and Mrs. Mark R. Fortson 2008

Type of Marker: Highway

Marker #: None

Date: 2008

Sponsor: Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Historic Columbus Foundation, and Dr. and Mrs. Mark R. Fortson

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