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

Historic Chappell House

Circa 1850

 
 
Historic Chappell House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 11, 2016
1. Historic Chappell House Marker
Inscription.  
One of Montgomery's last pre-Civil War cottages, this structure occupies the site of General John Scott's 1817 pioneer settlement, "Alabama Town."
The columned entrance stoop shows how the Greek Revival style influenced smaller houses as well as large. The brick walls were likely laid under the supervision of builder John Figh, also involved in building the present State Capitol.

In 1935, the U.S. Government bought and restored the house to serve as the Central Office for the adjacent Riverside Heights housing project, providing one of Alabama's earliest examples of deliberate preservation through adaptive use.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
 
Location. 32° 22.653′ N, 86° 19.709′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Maxwell Boulevard and Eugene Street, on the right when traveling west on Maxwell Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 Maxwell Boulevard, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wharton-Chappell House / Riverside Heights
Historic Chappell House (circa 1850) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 11, 2016
2. Historic Chappell House (circa 1850)
The large oak tree, near the side of the house, apparently pre-dates the house.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Maxwell Air Force Base and the Air University (approx. half a mile away); The Wright Brothers Flying School (approx. half a mile away); Maxwell Air Force Base/Air University (approx. half a mile away); Native Americans (approx. half a mile away); Thunderbird Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Day Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lilly Baptist Church (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Regarding Historic Chappell House. The land where the James Chappell House stands, and where its fields were once tended, was General Scott's first settlement in 1817-1818. Scott was inspired to name his settlement "Alabama Town" because he was aware that long ago the site was the home of the ancient Alabama Indians, also written as "Alibamo."

The land around the Chappell House was referred to informally and in official documents as "Old Town Plantation" in reference to the ancient Indian site.
 
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Also see . . .
Chappell House & Marker looking west on Maxwell Boulevard. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 11, 2016
3. Chappell House & Marker looking west on Maxwell Boulevard.
The land to the side and behind the Chappell house is the former Maxwell Air Force Base, RIverside Heights housing area. The Maxwell AFB main gate is on the right about 0.6 miles west.
 Old Alabama Town website. (Submitted on June 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Longevity of marker.
It is not very apparent just how long this marker will last. The house and land around it is up for redevelopment but to include the house in that redevelopment. Time will tell.
    — Submitted June 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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