Headland in Henry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Head's Land Yielded Fruits of Success
Begun on 160 acres of land owned by Dr. Joshua Head, "Head's Land," or Headland, was established in 1871, incorporated as a town in 1884 and a city in 1893. The land itself yielded the city's first industry. Due to the abundance of pine trees, timber and turpentine became big business. With this industry, the town began to grow as dry goods, hotels, grocery stores, blacksmith shops, and sawmills began to spring up, many around Headland's now popular square. The timber business later yielded to cotton, corn and other crops. But the location of the city in the center of what was then the largest county in the state, Henry, made it a popular site. The coming of the railroad and the popularity of the peanut as a crop firmly seated Headland as an agricultural leader in the region, a position it maintains to this day. Agriculture, a growing industrial scene, good schools and churches, and a friendly people are now drawing cards which are keeping Headland growing, promising a bright future for years to come.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Headland.
Topics. This historical marker Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 31° 21.127′ N, 85° 20.555′ W. Marker is in Headland, Alabama, in Henry County. It is in . Marker is on Main Street, 0.1 miles south of Alabama Route 173, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Headland AL 36345, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Headland, Alabama / Headland Public Square (here, next to this marker); Henry County Confederate Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Headland World War I Monument (a few steps from this marker); First Baptist Church of Headland (approx. Ό mile away); Piney Grove Primitive Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Mallalieu Seminary (approx. 3.7 miles away); Headland Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Shelley General Store (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Headland.
Also see . . . Headland, Alabama. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on June 12, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 567 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.