Ghost hunter and author Jeanne Wells at Fort Newnan in Blaine.
By Jeanne Wells
Author of forthcoming book on Georgia ghosts
The third smallest town in Georgia -Talking Rock - was originally part of the Cherokee Nation. Its name may have derived from a rock formation that echoed, or from the sound of water running over the rocks in the creek.
The Cherokee who lived in the surrounding area were eventually taken and held at an “Indigenous Peoples” removal fort called Fort Newnan. Fort Newnan is located in a community near Talking Rock called Blaine. The Fort’s location itself is believed to have been near the town’s Masonic Lodge. Established in 1838, the fortification was set up as a detainment camp and was used to round up the Cherokee before their long walk on the Trail of Tears.
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