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Fort Valley: Home to history and Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley was founded in the 1820s as a Native American trading post before it later became its own community / WGXA

FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Fort Valley was founded in the 1820s as a Native American trading post before it later became its own community.

The town's original name wasn't Fort Valley--it actually may have been Fox Valley.

According to city records, some stories claim the city was named Fox Valley by mistake.

Rumor has it that this theory came from post office officials who misread James Everett's handwriting. Everett was one of the city's founders.

Another story claims Everett named Fort Valley after his friend Arthur Fort, who is from Milledgeville.

Fort Valley is also home to Fort Valley State University, which was started as Fort Valley High and Industrial School. It was chartered in 1895 but it merged with the Agricultural College of Forsyth in 1939 and was named Fort Valley State College.

It didn't become Fort Valley State University until 1996.

The university has more than 50 majors available for students along with Master's degrees.

About 3,000 students are enrolled and cover about 130 counties in Georgia and even some international countries.

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