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Daphne in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

City of Daphne

Incorporated July 8, 1927

 
 
City of Daphne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
1. City of Daphne Marker
Inscription.  The City of Daphne was incorporated July 8, 1927 with a population of 500. its history, however, dates to a much earlier period. Research and artifacts show that Tensaw, Alabama, Choctaw, Creeks, and Seminole Indians all lived in the this area prior to 1557. In 1763, the community of Daphne was known simply as "the Village." The town was officially established on April 9, 1874 and named by the first postmaster's wife after the laurel tree which was also called Daphne. The tree was abundant in this area at that time but population growth and development have now made it rare. In the early 1900s, several Italian families settled in Daphne and brought with them their expertise in agriculture and other areas. The architecture of City Hall reflects a modern version of Italian Renaissance style. The names of streets and businesses surrounding it give further evidence of Daphne's connection to the old world. Sculpture by Frances J. Neumann was dedicated September 24, 2008. In 2008, Daphne's population was approximately 18,000.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Daphne.
 
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City of Daphne Marker with City Hall in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
2. City of Daphne Marker with City Hall in background.
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historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureHorticulture & ForestryNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is April 9, 1874.
 
Location. 30° 36.163′ N, 87° 54.168′ W. Marker is in Daphne, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Manci Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Located in front of the Daphne City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1705 Main Street, Daphne AL 36526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little Bethel Baptist Church: (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patriot's Point Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); 1814 - 1977 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Colonia Italiana 1888-The Beautiful Forest / The Founding Fathers of the Italian Colony (approx. 3 miles away); The Eastern Shore Trail (approx. 3.4 miles away); “Damn The Torpedoes!” (approx. 3.9 miles away); Stop 7 Fort McDermott: (approx. 3.9 miles away); Stop 8 The Eighth Iowa Line: (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daphne.
 
Nearby Daphne Fountain mentioned on marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
3. Nearby Daphne Fountain mentioned on marker.
View looking north on Main Street with Manci Avenue on right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
4. View looking north on Main Street with Manci Avenue on right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on March 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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