Church, the first free African-American church, was established in This revived festival, now in its 20th year, resulted from a suggestion by Harold Peavy to promote Peach County and the peach industry that has contributed so much to the livelihood of the middle Georgia area. She wrote, "The early settlers of Fort Valley, men and women of piety, culture and wealth, were attracted from other states by the farming lands. A large brick freight depot was built on the west side of what is now Main St. One story claims that Everett named it "Fox Valley" but that his writing was misread by post office officials in Washington, D.
Jayde. Age: 31.
Toward the final stages of efforts to bring about the creation of a new county, the idea of the Peach Blossom Festival was conceived.
Nola. Age: 32.
GA Peach World Sign in Parking Lot - Picture of Georgia Peach World, Townsend
William Mathews, state representative for Houston County in which Fort Valley was then located, introduced the bill for incorporation. He resigned from office on Jan. The development of the Elberta peach and excellent rail connections taking the fresh fruit great distances combined to make Fort Valley the peach-growing center of Georgia.