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Screamer in Henry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Liberty United Methodist Church / Hilliardsville

Liberty United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
1. Liberty United Methodist Church Marker
Liberty United Methodist Church

Also called Liberty Chapel, the Church was organized circa 1830 and originally located three miles northeast of this site, on the Old Liberty Church Road. Rev. Anson West, D.D., renowned Methodist minister, missionary, historian and writer was licensed to exhort there November 3, 1855. In 1873, the building was dismantled and moved to this site, donated by the Peacock Family, to be used as a place of divine worship. It was used as a schoolhouse for many years. Using much of the original material, the church was rebuilt in 1914 and later enclosed with brick. Sunday School rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and fellowship hall were added in recent years.


Hilliardsville Post Office was established near here on May 18, 1850, with Washington H. Peacock as its first postmaster, followed in 1860 by John M. Woods. Discontinued during the Civil War, the post office was re-established in 1872 with Matilda Thompson as postmaster. Later appointments were John P. Crawford in 1876, Matilda Thompson again in 1878, James A. Phillips and Richard Knight
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in 1882, Mattie R. Bedell in 1883, John C. McLeod, Maggie E. Johnston in 1884, and William F. Watford in 1887. His son, John W. Watford served from 1897 until October 15, 1907, when mail service was transferred to the Abbeville Post Office.
Erected 1989 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Henry County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1994.
Location. 31° 40.895′ N, 85° 12.126′ W. Marker is in Screamer, Alabama, in Henry County. Marker is on County Road 92, 0.3 miles north of State Route 95, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 341 County Road 92, Abbeville AL 36310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Revolutionary Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Treaty Boundary Line (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Indian Treaty Boundary Line (approx. 3.1 miles away); Lawrenceville / Lawrenceville Academy (approx. 4.2 miles away); New Lowell United Methodist Church / New Lowell School
Hilliardsville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
2. Hilliardsville Marker
(approx. 7.3 miles away in Georgia); Abbeville/Seven Flags and an Arrow Over Abbeville (approx. 8.1 miles away); In Honor of William Calvin Oates (approx. 8.1 miles away); A County Older Than the State (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Screamer.
Liberty United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
3. Liberty United Methodist Church
New building added to the church. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James L.Whitman, February 17, 2021
4. New building added to the church.
The nearby Rev Nathan "Father" Grantham marker can be seen on left.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 667 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on March 16, 2021, by James L.Whitman of Eufaula, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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