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Near Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fort Hampton

 
 
Fort Hampton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
1. Fort Hampton Marker
Inscription.  Approx. ¼ mile North is the site of Ft. Hampton, built in 1810 and named in honor of Brig. General Wade Hampton of Revolutionary War fame. Two Companies of soldiers were stationed here in log buildings. The purpose of the fort, and its garrison was to keep settlers, or "intruders", off Indian land, as this area was not ceded to the United States by the Chickasaw Indians until 1816. This fort was one of few ever built to protect Indian land from white settlers. The soldiers garrisoned here built most of the earliest roads in this area. After 1816 the fort was not needed and was soon abandoned.
 
Erected by Limestone County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 34° 48.187′ N, 87° 11.913′ W. Marker is near Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Lee Highway (U.S. 72) 0.2 miles west of Wright Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens AL 35611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of
Fort Hampton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
2. Fort Hampton Marker
this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lucy's Branch / Legacy of The Little Elk Community (approx. 2 miles away); Copena Mound (approx. 2.2 miles away); Elk River Shoals (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lentzville Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Lauderdale County High School 1912 (approx. 5½ miles away); Lamb’s Ferry Road (approx. 5.6 miles away); Heritage Park (approx. 5.7 miles away); Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Hampton. Historical overview of the fort by Ricky "Butch" Walker, author and member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama. (Submitted on August 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 28, 2021