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Burns-Bell House at Selma, AL (built prior to 1847, listed on the NRHP)

Built prior to 1847, this is a two-story, Italianate home that has a full-height porch with front gable. Exterior features of the house include bay windows with a flat-cut balustrade on the first floor and second-story windows with trimmed hoods and balconets (railings outside the window that give the appearance of a balcony). The interior […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Old Bank Building at Thomasville, AL (built ca. 1904, Listed on the NRHP)

This building housed Thomasville’s bank from 1904 until at least the early 1950s. It is a one-story, brick building. Steps lead up from the sidewalk to its tall, double leaf entrance that is crowned by a segmentally arched transom. The entrance is flanked by two large, segmentally arched windows. All the segmental arches are defined […]

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Newbern Baptist Church at Newbern, AL (built 1849)

The Newbern Baptist Church was organized in 1848.  The following year, the congregation built this two-story church.  The upper floor has a large meeting room that was built for the Masons, many of whom belonged to the church.  The four large Doric columns that support the roof over the front porch are made of solid […]

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