Lowndesboro in Lowndes County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Lowndesboro, Alabama/Lowndesboro Business District
Lowndesboro developed from a small community of early settlers to a thriving township in the 1830’s. The settlers’ plantation interests were maintained in the lowlands along the Alabama River, while they built their cottage and antebellum homes in the Greek architectural style on the ridge of McGill’s Hill. The Alabama River ports of Newport Landing and Loch Ranza were adjuncts to the town. Planters stored their cotton in warehouses located there. Boats brought choice merchandise upriver from Mobile. People from other communities came by stagecoach and carriage to spend the night in the local hotels in order to shop for select wares. The Lowndesboro Boys Academy was established behind the C.M.E. Church. The Lowndesboro Female Institute was a thriving women’s college located on the site of Lowndes Academy. Horse racing was big business, and Lowndesboro had its own track. The community prospered in this era and produced this quotation from a traveler from Virginia, who wrote in 1837, “In northern Lowndes County there can be found a refined and polished Society.”
Lowndesboro Business District
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Lowndesboro.
Location. 32° 16.846′ N, 86° 36.599′ W. Marker is in Lowndesboro, Alabama, in Lowndes County. Marker is on North Broad Street 1.1 miles from U.S. 80, on the left when traveling north. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Lowndesboro (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elmore Bolling (approx. 1.5 miles away); Viola Liuzzo (approx. 2.4 miles away); Campsite 3 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Campsite 2 (approx. 5.7 miles away); Holy Ground Battlefield (approx. 6.8 miles away); Hayneville (approx. 6.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lowndesboro.
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