Dill House, Circa 1827, Fort Gaines

Built by General John Dill, an aide to General Edmund Pendleton. General Dill’s wife was the widow Elizabeth Stewart, one of three survivors of the massacre that led to the Seminole Wars of 1817-18.

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10 responses to “Dill House, Circa 1827, Fort Gaines

  1. I never saw this house painted when my great grandmother, Beulah was alive. It was gray wood and had a rusty iron fence. My great aunt Ruth would rake the sand yard of the falling moss every day. There were always rake marks in the front yard. There were remnants of train tracks to the left of the house. I’m told it was a train stop for fishermen. My mom said that the lunch buffet would have all kinds of salads, but none with lettuce. My mom had the great fortune of going home from school mid day for lunch at the fabulous hotel buffet. The upper porch was in such bad shape in the 60’s, that I was not allowed to step out on it. But, so, of course, I did. Because it was a working hotel, it had these long wooden boxes in the wide upper hallways that held linens for the beds. I was pretty sure the boxes were coffins. Beulah was 96 when I would visit her in the back room to the right. She sewed my dolls for me when I was very young. The first rag doll was white and blue eyed. She had blonde pigtails and a pinafore. Then granny made a bunch of monkey dolls. They were all gray patterned soc dolls with big red lips. She would play the piano, and stand up from the bench and dance a jig. She liked a little nip right up into her 90’s. People said she once had a pet monkey trained to go into the fisherman’s rooms and steal their booze. I believed this because my mom said that monkeys bite. There must have been a monkey.

  2. johnny dill

    General John Dill was my great great uncle. I’ve been through the house and it is very intresting. The whole story is great, somebody needs to make a movie.

  3. Kim S

    I have stayed at this house. I saw some fascinating and unexplainable stuff happen! Most definitely haunted!!

  4. Sherline Hudson

    Can people tour the house ??? It would be awesome.

  5. James Owens

    This house is awesome. I have stayed in this house on numerous ocassions. My Aunt owns this house now. 5 have had connections from the other side. I have had the privelge of seeing Elizabeth and John.

  6. Amanda Sellers

    I spoke to the owner, and she said the house was haunted!! She gave me a tour, and it’s stunning! The wainscotting in the dining room was hand
    carved on site in 1820. Ghosts or no ghosts, loved it.

  7. neatnik2009

    I wrote my M.A. thesis on Clay County, and have walked past all these places in Fort Gaines.

  8. I need an excuse to visit Ft. Gaines. Thanks for the pictures.

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