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The web page (www.childersburg.org) shows the municipal seal which depicts a rich history. The seal exists as a black and white line drawing in a standard circular format. It consists of two
concentric circles with the date 1540 in between the two circles at the bottom, the whole surrounding a a Castilian plumed helmet of the 15th Century, the same superimposed upon a sword and a halberd crossed saltire, the sword with hilt to
dexter and the halberd with head to sinister.
The History Page of the Municipal Web Site claims that Childersburg is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, having already been a settlement of the Coosa Indians when the Spanish explorer Hernán de Soto (Hernando de Soto) arrived there in 1540. He left ten members of his party there when he departed, giving rise to Childersburg's claim to antiquity.
Ron Lahav, 10 February 2004