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Near Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Town of Oakville

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
1. Town of Oakville Marker
Inscription. Based on the large number of local mounds and artifacts, this site shows evidence of Indian occupation over 2000 years ago. According to tradition about 1780, Oakville became a Cherokee town located on Black Warriors' Path. By the early 1820's, Celtic people of Scots~Irish ancestry had moved here in large numbers often intermarrying with the local Indians. Prominent names of this era included Irwin, Hodges, McNutt, McWhorter and McDaniel. Wiley Galloway was a teacher of the first known school in 1824. On 9 Dec 1833, the state legislature incorporated Oakville with town limits set 1/4 mile in every direction from the spring in the public square. The town flourished and at various times had a post office, tan yard, tavern, (Inn), Oakville Female Academy (1837), general stores, and brass band. Some early storeowners included G. W. McNutt, Thomas Sparks, Fleming Hodges and others. Judge Charles Gibson's hog pen on the natural drain of the public spring led to the waters backing up, becoming contaminated and causing the c1855 "bloody flux" epidemic. This gave Oakville the reputation as an unhealthy site and contributed to its gradual decline. The rising waters started the persistent legend that the town has sunk.
 
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Location.
Town of Oakville Marker near by image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
2. Town of Oakville Marker near by
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34° 26.691′ N, 87° 10.709′ W. Marker is near Oakville, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Click for map. Pass Oakville Indian Mound Museum on right but stay on main road, come to next road crossing, marker is on right near the intersection inside the park. Marker is in this post office area: Danville AL 35619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Indians (within shouting distance of this marker); Doublehead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Copena Burial Mound (about 300 feet away); Cherokee Council House Museum (about 300 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakville Indian Mound (approx. 0.2 miles away); Creek Indian Removal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Streight's Raid (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakville.
 
Also see . . .  Oakville, Alabama. (Submitted on March 6, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,287 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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