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

Sonora Community / Sonora School and Community Hall

 
 
Sonora Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
1. Sonora Community Marker
Inscription.  
Sonora Community
The community of Sonora was named in 1901 by the wife of the first postmaster, G.L. Sharretts. Situated near Red Hill Ford on Baker Branch and the intersection of travel routes between Silverhill, Magnolia Springs, Marlow Ferry, and Summerdale on Dixie Road, settlement of the area was promoted by the Southern Plantation Development Company. Mr. Eli A. Summers, a land agent for the company and owner of a nearby hotel, and Mr. William Wilson, who owned a livery stable, courted potential settlers who visited the area by boat via Fish River from Mobile hoping to lure them to settle here. The community was settled by a diversity of ethnic groups who engaged in a variety of agricultural ventures. Although the post office was relocated to Summerdale in 1905 with the routing of the L&N Railroad's Bay Minette to Foley spur line, Sonora has remained an active farming community with a rich history of truck, dairy, and row-crop farming.

Sonora School and Community Hall
The Sonora School, located at the site of the present day Sonora Community Hall, was opened for
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students around 1901. The land for the school was donated by Mr. William A. Wilson. Miss Ethel Dodd was hired as the first teacher. The building also housed the Union Sunday School starting in 1912 and served as a hub of community activity. The school served children through the 7th grade until 1921 when it consolidated with Summerdale School which provided classes through the 12th grade. No longer in use, the old school building was dismantled, the Sonora Community Hall. The Hall was completed in 1925 with material salvaged from the old school building. It has served as a gathering place for 4-H clubs, Ladies Aid, the Sonora Extension Homemaker's Club and community potluck-dinners. The building is maintained by local volunteers and remains a vital center of community activity.
 
Erected 2018 by Baldwin County Historic Development Commission and Baldwin County Commission AL 200 2017.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCommunicationsEducationFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the 4-H Youth Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
 
Location. 30° 28.363′ N, 87° 44.257′ 
Sonora School and Community Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
2. Sonora School and Community Hall Marker
W. Marker is near Summerdale, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on County Road 32, 0.2 miles west of Sherman Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16763 Co Rd 32, Summerdale AL 36580, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Summerdale / Summerdale's Turpentine Still (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Springs (approx. 5.2 miles away); Magnolia Springs, Alabama (approx. 5.3 miles away); City of Foley Camellia Walk (approx. 5.6 miles away); Cobb's Light (approx. 5.6 miles away); City of Foley (approx. 5.6 miles away); Barnwell / Cavanac (approx. 8.8 miles away); Craig Turner Sheldon (approx. 10˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Historic marker dedicated for Sonora School and Community Hall. Gulf Coast Media website entry (Submitted on March 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
The Sonora Community Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
3. The Sonora Community Hall
The view east on County Road 32. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
4. The view east on County Road 32.
Sonora Community Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
5. Sonora Community Hall and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 747 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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