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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, listed on the NRHP.)

Kirkwood is a historic plantation home in Eutaw, Alabama. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on May 17, 1976 and was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1935. This is a Greek Revival style house with Italianate influences. Foster M. Kirksey began building the house in 1858. Construction was halted […]

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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, listed on the NRHP.)

Old YMCA Building at Selma, AL (built c. 1885, listed on the NRHP)

Selma is home to Alabama’s first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) that was founded in 1858, and this is the oldest YMCA building still standing in the state. Built in 1885, the historic structure was in danger of demolition when it was purchased by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society in 2012. Since then, the [...]

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"Indian Bathtubs" at Old St. Stephens Historical Park in Washington County, AL.

The origin of these man-made pits is uncertain. Some say the Choctaw carved them out. Some say it was the Spanish. The “Indian Bathtubs” are included in Alabama’s Tapestry of Historic Places 1978 published by the Alabama Historical Commission. GPS coordinates of the “Indian Bathtubs” are 31.559501, -88.041738. CLICK HERE for details about Old St. Stephens Historical [...]

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Greensboro Hotel Building at Greensboro, AL (built early 1830s, listed on the NRHP)

Once an elegant downtown hotel, the Greensboro Hotel remains a local landmark. Impressive brickwork is its most significant feature. Brick-arched doors and windows stand out prominently. The hotel began as a two-story building with “Flemish bond” bricklaying – a decorative pattern created by alternating short and long sides of brick. This type of brickwork indicates [...]

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Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church at McKinley, AL (erected 1894, bricked in 1936.)

Below is the history of this church according to a historical marker located beside the highway in front of the church. The historical marker was erected by the Alabama Historical Association in 2011. “Following the Civil War and emancipation, newly freed African Americans, who had worshiped in the Bethel Church in McKinley while enslaved, established [...]

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Capell-Huff House at Pebble Hill, AL (antebellum - built ca. 1850, recorded in the HABS.)

This is a two-story, plantation home that was built circa 1850. It has an unusual design for the plantation house architecture for the antebellum period. The house design is attributed to local builder William T. Mathews. Features of the house include an unusual “umbrella”-type hipped roof that deeply overhangs the upper story and extends over [...]

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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, listed on the NRHP.)

Kress Building at Selma, AL (built c. 1931, listed on the NRHP)

S. H. Kress & Co. was the name of a chain of “five and dime” retail department stores in the United State which operated from 1896 to 1981. The Kress chain was known for the fine architecture of its buildings. A number of former Kress stores are recognized as architectural landmarks and many are listed [...]

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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, listed on the NRHP.)

Knox Reformed Presbyterian Church at Selma, AL (c. 1878, listed on the NRHP)

In 1874, Rev. Lewis Johnston, the first African-American to be ordained a Reformed Presbyterian minister, arrived in Selma to preach the Gospel. On June 11, 1874, he formed a school to teach former slaves. The school was initially called Geneva Academy, but was later renamed Knox, after the Scots reformer, John Knox. On May 21, [...]

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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, listed on the NRHP.)

Town Park at Pine Apple, AL

Located behind the Town Hall at downtown Pine Apple is a charming little park. It has a gazebo, benches, picnic tables, a large family pavilion and a small restored log cabin. The log cabin was constructed in the early 1860’s by Thomas Henry Roberts. The Roberts family donated the cabin to Pine Apple in May [...]

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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, listed on the NRHP.)

St Leo's Catholic Church at Demopolis, AL (built 1905)

Catholicism was first introduced to this region in 1540 by the priests who accompanied Hernando DeSoto. The French Napoleonic exiles of the Vine and Olive Colony held religious services and attempted to establish a Catholic mission in Demopolis in 1817. Services were held in homes and in a small frame structure until the current building [...]

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