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The Old Monroe County Courthouse at Monroeville, AL (home of To Kill A Mockingbird)

The Old Monroe County Courthouse, completed in 1904, was designed by the prominent Southern architect Andrew Bryan. The courthouse gained national fame when Monroeville’s own, Harper Lee, in 1960 published the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In her book To Kill a Mockingbird, the fictional town of Maycomb is modeled on Monroeville, AL […]

Gaineswood at Demopolis, AL (began as a “dogtrot” cabin in 1843, completed on eve of Civil War)

Between 1843 and the outbreak of the Civil War, Gaineswood evolved from a two-room “dogtrot” cabin into a Greek Revival style mansion.  General Nathan Bryan Whitfield, the builder, was his own architect, though he had no formal training.  The labor was done mostly by slaves, some of whom were extremely accomplished carpenters and plasterers.  Three […]

St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church at Marion, AL (built 1908, listed on the NRHP)

Originally organized as St. Michael’s Parish, the church became St. Wilfrid’s in 1853. The present church building is the third one located at this site. It was built in 1908. Located behind the church is a historic cemetery that contains 77 graves of soldiers who died at the Breckenridge Hospital on Howard College campus (now […]

1830s Mathews Cabin (at the Clarke County Historical Museum) at Grove Hill, AL

The Mathews Cabin was built in the 1830s by pioneers Josiah and Lucy Martin Mathews, who came to Clarke County from South Carolina.  By 1840, there were 13 family members and two slaves living in this cabin.  In 2005, the Clarke County Historical Society purchased this log cabin.  With the assistance of many volunteers, it […]

Chilatchee Creek Campground at Gee’s Bend, AL

Alabama has many beautiful rivers and lakes and the US Army Corp of Engineers has several parks and campgrounds that allow you the perfect opportunity to enjoy them. One of these is Chilatchee Creek which is a small campground that is remotely located in the northern part of Wilcox County on Chilatchee Creek. The park […]

Rooster Hall at Demopolis, AL (built 1843, listed on the NRHP)

This is one of the oldest buildings in Demopolis. It was built in 1843 by the Presbyterians of Demopolis using locally-made bricks. It served as their sanctuary until after the Civil War. During the reconstruction period, a garrison of Federal troops, stationed in Demopolis, moved the county seat from Linden, AL, and used this building for […]

Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge at UWA Campus in Livingston, AL (built 1861)

The Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge, built in 1861, is one of the oldest covered bridges still existing in Alabama. It was originally constructed over the Sucarnoochee River by Confederate Army Captain William Alexander Campbell Jones on the main state road leading from Livingston to York, now U.S. Route 11. It was built using hand-hewn yellow pine […]

Auburn Rural Studio at Newbern, AL

Established in 1993 by architects Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee and D. K. Ruth, the Rural Studio is a part of Auburn University’s School of Architecture.  The Rural Studio is located in rural west Alabama in the small town of Newbern in Hale County.  Rural Studio students work directly with poor communities in west Alabama to improve […]

White Cliffs of Epes, AL

These white cliffs are located on the Tombigbee River at Epes AL.  They are part of the Selma Chalk formations which were deposited at about the same time as England’s famous white cliffs of Dover.  The cliffs at Epes are stunning in their own way as illustrated by the pictures that are provided.  These pictures were […]

St. Andrews Church at Gallion, AL (built 1853-1854, listed on the NRHP)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, also known as St. Andrew’s Church, is a small Carpenter Gothic style church built in 1853-1854. It appears to have been built from a design in the book, Rural Architecture by architect Richard Upjohn. The exterior of the church features wooden buttresses. The interior walls of the church are reportedly stained […]

Reverie at Marion, AL (built ca. 1858, listed on the NRHP)

Reverie is a historic Greek Revival mansion that was built circa 1858.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as a contributing property to the West Marion Historic District and was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey.  It is featured in Ralph Hammond’s Antebellum Mansions of Alabama, Gregory Hatcher’s Reverie […]

Old Selma Depot Museum at Selma, AL (building built ca. 1890, listed on the NRHP)

The Old Depot Museum is located at the old L&N Railroad Depot at the end of historic Water Avenue in downtown Selma. The Depot building was built on the site of the Confederate Naval Foundry which was destroyed by Federal troops during the Battle of Selma in 1865.  The red brick, stone trimmed building of Romanesque […]

Rikard’s Mill Historical Park near Beatrice, AL

Rikard’s Mill Historical Park is owned and operated by the Monroe County Heritage Museums (MCHM). The park is located on Flat Creek near Beatrice, AL in Monroe County. The main feature of the park is Rikard’s Mill which is a water-powered grist mill. Jacob “Jake” Rikard (1806-1880) built his first grist mill at this location […]

Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (began 1858, short a few materials at beginning of War)

Kirkwood is a historic plantation home in Eutaw, Alabama. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1976, due to its architectural significance. This is a Greek Revival style house with Italianate influences. Foster M. Kirksey began building the house in 1858. Construction was halted by the American Civil War, […]

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Newbern Fire Station at Newbern, AL (built by Rural Studio Students)

The Newbern Fire Station was designed and constructed by four fifth year architecture students at Auburn University’s Rural Studio. This 4,000 sq. ft. building was completed in 2005. The structure was designed to require little or no maintenance. It is clad in pine and translucent polycarbonate, with south-facing horizontal cedar slats to provide shade in [...]

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Myatt House at Marion, AL (built ca. 1845, listed on the NRHP)

Located in the Green Street Historic District, this is a two-story, Federal-Greek Revival style home with a three-bay façade. The central full height pedimented portico has boxed returns and a balcony. The two central single leaf entrances have full multipane transoms and sidelights. The house was remodeled circa 1850. This home is a contributing property [...]

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Underwood-Cox House at Marion, AL (built ca. 1847, listed on the NRHP)

Located in the Green Street Historic District, this Greek Revival cottage has small ornate columns with saw-work details on the porches. The house has a double-door front entrance that’s surrounded by a full width transom and sidelights. Around 1870, a wing was added on the back of the house. This home is a contributing property [...]

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Webb-Bonds House at Greensboro, AL (built ca. 1855, listed on the NRHP)

This beautiful antebellum home was constructed circa 1855 for Col. Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus DeYampert as a gift to his daughter, Julia, and her husband, John Henry Young Webb. It is a two-story structure that contains a hipped roof with heavily bracketed cornice. The front of the house has a full portico supported by six large [...]

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Davis Law Office Building at Marion, AL (built ca. 1863, listed on the NRHP)

The date 1863 was found scratched into a brick on the east wall. According to local tradition, the earliest occupant was a lawyer who used the top floor as his dwelling and the bottom floor as his office. The Marion Standard newspaper was published in this building prior to 1918. In the early 1920s, it [...]

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Moore-Lee House at Marion, AL (built 1840s, listed on the NRHP)

This home, built in the 1840s, is the only Gothic style house in Marion.  Constructed in cruciform pattern, the two-story house has a central wide porch with classical supports on the second floor.  This house is a contributing property to Marion’s “Green Street Historic District” that listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).  [...]

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"Monroeville, Alabama" Historical Marker

This marker is located at downtown Monroeville in the small park adjacent to Johnson’s Jewelers at the intersection of South Alabama Avenue and Claiborne Street (GPS coordinates 31.526443,-87.323834). The marker was erected in April 2010 by the City of Monroeville and the Alabama Tourism Department. Following is the text on the marker: ——— Side 1: [...]

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Monroeville, AL – “Monroe County” Historical Marker

This historical marker is located at downtown Monroeville on the east side of the Courthouse Square (GPS coordinates 31.527497,-87.324094). Following is the text on the marker: ——— A County Older Than The State Monroe County Side 1: Created in 1815 by proclamation of Governor of Mississippi Territory from lands ceded by Creek Indians in Treaty of [...]

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“The Canoe Fight” Historical Marker near Gainestown, AL

This historical marker is located beside Madison Road about three miles east of Gainestown in south Clarke County (GPS coordinates 31.44511,-87.64430). Following is the inscription on the marker: ———- The Canoe Fight On November 12, 1813, the Canoe Fight, one of the key assaults of the Creek War, took place nearby at the mouth of [...]

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