Historic Fort Payne

The area around Fort Payne was settled as early as the 1730s, when the Cherokees established a village there. During the latter part of the eighteenth century and first part of the nineteenth century, a mission was established to bring Christianity to the area. Clustered around this mission were a few hundred settlers. During the Cherokee removal to Oklahoma in the 1830s, Captain John Payne established a stockade fort next to the settlement. From that point the fort and settlement area was called Fort Payne. learn more