Park and Bandstand at Gainesville, AL (listed on the NRHP)

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Most towns have a town square. Gainesville is unique in that it has a town triangle. (However, a picture shows the original to have been larger and more of an octagon shape.) The park dates from the antebellum period. It is enclosed by an iron fence. The park contains an open pavilion or “bandstand” that was built circa 1850s and a well with a horse watering trough. This park was the social center for life in mid-19th century Gainesville. It was used as a gathering place for social events such as concerts, political rallies and celebrations of various types.

The park and bandstand were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on October 29, 1985. It is located on the north edge of Gainesville at the convergence of State and McKee Streets (GPS coordinates 32.823007,-88.15827).

Sources: 1) Gainesville, Alabama Tour Guide; 2) NRHP “Park and Bandstand” Document.

Pictures courtesy of RuralSWAlabama.

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