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Near Arley in Winston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bethel School

First Known School In The Greater Arley Community

 
 
Bethel School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, May 29, 2011
1. Bethel School Marker
Inscription. The Community’s first four settlers homesteaded land near this site in 1832. The little log schoolhouse, just 18 feet square, was built in 1874. The land, given by L. F. Hembree, is now the site of Bethel Cemetery. With no heat, a dirt floor, and split-long benches, the school played a major role in the development of Winston County. The first teacher, Isham P. Gibson, later became tax assessor and probate judge. A later teacher, John J. Curtis, became probate judge. One of the first students, Rev. Geo. W. Gibson, was the Community’s first historian and the County’s first farm demonstration agent. From its earliest days, the little schoolhouse also served as a church.
 
Erected 1979 by The Arley Community Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 1.119′ N, 87° 10.304′ W. Marker is near Arley, Alabama, in Winston County. Marker is on Wilson Bend Road (County Route 12) north of County Route 242, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arley AL 35541, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piney Ridge School (approx. 2.9 miles away); Old Arley School (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Party Line - The “Talking Machine”
Bethel School Marker Stands Next To The Old Bethel Church image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, May 29, 2011
2. Bethel School Marker Stands Next To The Old Bethel Church
(approx. 4.3 miles away); Nathan, Alabama (approx. 4.6 miles away); Arley, Alabama (approx. 4.8 miles away); Shady Grove Methodist Church And Cemetery (approx. 11.6 miles away); Memorial Park (approx. 13.7 miles away); First United Methodist Church Jasper/President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (approx. 14.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arley.
 
Categories. EducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Bethel Cemetery located across the road from the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, May 29, 2011
3. Bethel Cemetery located across the road from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 538 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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