Wilton in Shelby County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Town of Wilton
Incorporated April 30, 1918
Wilton, a once prominent railroad town now sits nestled quietly in the southwest corner of Shelby County. Founding members were as follows: L. McMillen, L.W. Irwin, O. H. Bice, John Westley Little, Sam Vest, L. Cochran, and O. L. Hitchcook. The first town hall burned and many early records were lost, however later council members reenacted some of the first ordinances to replace those burned in the fire. In 1934 the Civil Works Administration built the current town hall were it stands today. Wilton had three churches: the Methodist Church on Church Street, Bible Baptist on Shoal Creek and the Baptist Church on Highway 25. There were several businesses in town including general stores, barbecue restaurants, Wilton Garage and two hotels that were kept busy by train passengers. Wilton's post office was established on May 26th, 1892, and served as both a mail service and an informal communication center.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Wilton.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1852.
Location. 33° 4.76′ N, 86° 53.012′ W. Marker is in Wilton, Alabama, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Depot Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Depot Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Depot Street, Wilton AL 35187, 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. Lynching in America / Lynching in Montevallo (approx. 1.8 miles away); Welcome To Historic Montevallo (approx. 1.9 miles away); Alabama Historical AssociationMontevallo High School (approx. 2.1 miles away); University Of Montevallo National Historic District (approx. 2.2 miles away); King House (approx. 2.2 miles away); McGaughy Farms (approx. 3.6 miles away); James Daniel Hardy (approx. 4.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wilton, Alabama. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wilton. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.