Dothan in Houston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Shelley General Store
William Lafayette Shelley (1868-1953), son of Mark Shelley and Mary Jane Ronie Shelley, was a progressive farmer and entrepreneur in the Tumbleton community of Henry County, Alabama. “Papa Billy”, as he was known by family, impacted the religious, educational, political and banking fabric of the county. He built this store near his home in 1911 as a cannery for canning vegetables as well as peaches acquired from Georgia. His canned goods carried the Shelley label. The cannery later closed and became the Shelley General Store. The store became a gathering place where “Tall Tales” were exchanged.
Erected 2006 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the Henry County Historical Group and Mac Davis, Jr. (great grandson of W. L. "Billy" Shelley).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 31° 17.355′ N, 85° 22.177′ W. Marker is in Dothan, Alabama, in Houston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Landmark Drive and Reeves Street (U.S. 431). Located inside Landmark Park. This park has entry fees. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan AL 36303, 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 Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Waddell House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mallalieu Seminary (approx. 1.6 miles away); Atlantic Coastline Passenger Station (approx. 4.3 miles away); Dothan Dixie Standpipe (approx. 4.3 miles away); First Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal ChurchThe Steamboat Era (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dothan.
Also see . . .
1. Landmark Park. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry. (Submitted on May 2, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Landmark Park History. (Submitted on May 2, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 2, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.