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The City of Fort Valley
Fort Valley, the county seat of Peach County, is referred to as the Peach Capital of Georgia because of the number of peaches grown here. Fort Valley is also the birthplace of Blue Bird School buses which have been manufactured here for nearly 80 years. It also boasts a thriving pecan industry and is home to the National Camellia Society and Fort Valley State University.
Fort Valley was settled by James Abingdon Everett who founded the city as an Indian trading post. Fort Valley was incorporated March 3, 1856. Interestingly, the origin of the county seat's name is unclear. One story claims Everett named the city "Fox Valley," but that his writing was misread by officials at the United States Post Office in Washington, D.C., as "Fort Valley." Another story claims Everett named the town after his friend Arthur Fort, a Revolutionary War hero from nearby Milledgeville. In any case, it seems that there was never a military fort in the new county.
According to 2010 Census, the City of Fort Valley had a population of 9.815 persons, a 22.6 percent increase over the 2000 census. The city covers 5.3 acres. It is governed by a mayor and city council and served by highly-regarded fire and police departments.
Visit the City of Fort Valley website for more information.