“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Millbrook in Elmore County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Robinson Springs Neighborhood

Robinson Springs Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 8, 2014
1. Robinson Springs Neighborhood Marker
Inscription. Side 1:
Clear, bubbling springs have enticed people to this vicinity for thousands of years. Native American hunting paths led to them and after the defeat of the Creek Indians by the United States in 1813, old trails became the Jackson and Federal roads over which settlers from Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia flooded into these lands in 1818. They were lured by the fertile soil and ideal climate for growing cotton. The free and enslaved worked together to establish this community. Among the early arrivals was Eli Robinson who acquired property that included the springs. Recognizing their significance, he laid out the site as a public square for a small town. He and two other unrelated Robinson families, James Robinson, later a state legislator, and Lewis Golson Robinson, founded the Town of Robinson, which later became Robinson Springs.
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Side 2:
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From the 1830s through 1850s a public pavilion, church, parsonage, academy and Masonic Lodge brought activity and recognition to the region. In 1852 the first statewide fair, sponsored by the Alabama Agricultural Association, took place here. The Confederate Memorial was erected in 1913 and the Robinson Springs School in 1926. Within the vicinity of Robinson Springs, plantations
Robinson Springs Neighborhood Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 8, 2014
2. Robinson Springs Neighborhood Marker (reverse)
and farms sprang up during the settlement period. Alabama’s territorial and then first state governor, William Wyatt Bibb, lived in nearby Coosada; his relatives also established homes in the area. Other early families included Hall, Clepper, Rives, McKeithen, Lanier, Myers, Ross, Zeigler, Reese, Roy, Whetstone, Speigner, Gaines and Cooper. Today, Robinson Springs is one of the most prosperous areas within the City of Millbrook and retains interest and concern for its historic origins. The flat below the hill near Robinson Springs School is the site of the Fair Grounds and Race Track; the Confederate Memorial, the 1845 Methodist Church and many older homes proudly reflect the region's rich and diverse heritage.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Millbrook.
Location. 32° 30.834′ N, 86° 22.629′ W. Marker is in Millbrook, Alabama, in Elmore County. Marker is on Monument Drive 0.1 miles west of Main Street (Alabama Route 143), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3631 Monument Drive, Millbrook AL 36054, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robinson Springs Camp Confederate Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Robinson Springs Neighborhood image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 8, 2014
3. Robinson Springs Neighborhood
Robinson Springs United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Wyatt Bibb (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named William Wyatt Bibb (approx. 2.5 miles away); World War II Memorial Center (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pratt Gin Factory (approx. 5.7 miles away); Happy Hollow (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sidney Lanier/Prattville Male and Female Academy Site (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Millbrook.
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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