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Greenville in Butler County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bartram's Trail

 
 
Bartram's Trail Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 31, 2018
1. Bartram's Trail Marker (front)
Inscription.  
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William Bartram, America's first great naturalist, passed through northwest Butler County in July 1775. He described the "limestone rocks" and "banks of various kinds of sea shells" left by oceans that covered this area millions of years ago, and noted a "very remarkable grove of Dogwood trees...which continued nine or ten miles unalterable except here and there a towering Magnolia grandiflora.”
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On his exploration trip to Mobile in 1775, William Bartram followed ancient Indian trading paths through Butler County for approximately 30 miles. His route through what was then British territory on the eve of the American Revolution became part of the "Federal Road" a few decades later, leading thousands of settlers into the newly created Butler County and state of Alabama.
 
Erected 2006 by Butler County Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era
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ExplorationHorticulture & ForestryRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the William Bartram Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1775.
 
Location. 31° 53.476′ N, 86° 40.923′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Alabama, in Butler County. Marker is on Sherling Lake Road (County Road 44) one mile west of Braggs Road (State Route 263), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Sherling Lake Road, Greenville AL 36037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherling Lake (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Federal Road and The Palings / Fort Dale 1818 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Ogly-Stroud Massacre / Gary's Stockade (approx. 1.7 miles away); Coleman-Crenshaw House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Searcy School House / Searcy Community (approx. 4.9 miles away); West Commerce Street Historic District/Historic Greenville Depot (approx. 5.3 miles away); Butler County World War I Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Camellia City / Greenville (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
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Bartram's Trail Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 31, 2018
2. Bartram's Trail Marker (reverse)
this marker.
The marker was destroyed in Hurricane Ivan and later replaced by the City of Greenville.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on William Bartram. (Submitted on July 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
William Bartram image. Click for full size.
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3. William Bartram
Bartram's Trail Marker looking west on Sherling Lake Road. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 31, 2018
4. Bartram's Trail Marker looking west on Sherling Lake Road.
Bartram's Trail Marker looking east towards Braggs Road. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 31, 2018
5. Bartram's Trail Marker looking east towards Braggs Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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