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

Seminary - O'Neal Historic District

Seminary ~O'Neal Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 27, 2009
1. Seminary ~O'Neal Historic District Marker
Inscription. Named for the O’Neal family which produced two Alabama governors and for seminary, the street on which the Synodical Female College was located, the Seminary-O’Neal Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Built between 1908 and 1943, the houses in the district reflect the variety of architectural styles of those years. Two Sears~Roebuck houses called “American Four-Square”, add interest and distinction. The district opens onto the impressive campus of the University of North Alabama.
Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence, Alabama.
Location. 34° 48.304′ N, 87° 40.643′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on N Seminary St. Click for map. Located on North Seminary Street behind Pope's Tavern. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pope's Tavern Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Sannoner Historic District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Courtview, Rogers Hall (about 600 feet away); Colonel Pickett Place (about
Seminary ~O'Neal Historic District~Sears~Roebuck Home image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 13, 2009
2. Seminary ~O'Neal Historic District~Sears~Roebuck Home
600 feet away); First United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Sannoner Historic District Medical Arts Building (about 700 feet away); Regions Bank (about 700 feet away); Wood Avenue Historic District (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
Regarding Seminary - O'Neal Historic District. Roughly, Seminary St. between Hermitage Dr. and Irvine Ave. and Irvine between Seminary and Wood Ave.
Also see . . .
1. Sears Archives. The process of designing your Sears house began as soon as the Modern Homes catalog arrived at your doorstep. Over time, Modern Homes catalogs came to advertise three lines of homes, aimed for customers’ differing financial means: Honor Bilt, Standard Built, and Simplex Sectional. Honor Bilt homes were the most expensive and finest quality sold by Sears. Joists, studs, and rafters were to be spaced 14 3/8 inches apart. Attractive cypress siding and cedar shingles adorned most Honor Bilt exteriors. And, depending on the room, interiors featured clear-grade (i.e., knot-free) flooring and inside trim made from yellow pine, oak, or maple wood. Sears’s catalogs also reported that Standard Built homes were
Florence U.S. Post Office ~ image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 25, 2009
3. Florence U.S. Post Office ~
Site where Synodical Female College was located.
best for warmer climates, meaning they did not retain heat very well. The Simplex Sectional line, as the name implies, contained simple designs. Simplex houses were frequently only a couple of rooms and were ideal for summer cottages. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. University of North Alabama History in the Making. William Lindsey McDonald Image of "Florence Synodical College (now the site of the Post Office). (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

3. Alabama Governors: Emmet O'Neal. Emmet O'Neal was born September 23, 1853, at Florence, Alabama, to Governor Edward and Olivia (Moore) O'Neal. He received his early education in the schools of Florence and received further degrees from Florence Wesleyan University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama. Following his graduation from the University of Alabama, he read law under his father's guidance and was subsequently admitted into practice. In 1876 he formed a partnership with his father which continued until the senior O'Neal was elected governor. (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

4. Alabama Governors: Edward Abury O'Neal. (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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