Montevallo in Shelby County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Colonial Courthouse/The Stocks and Pillory
The Colonial Courthouse
This building is inspired by the Courthouse at Williamsburg, Virginia, built in 1770. The County Court heard petty crimes and civil cases such as debtorsí disputes with creditors from abusive masters. Serious capital offices were heard in the General Court.
Elections and public announcements were held at the Courthouse. The Declaration of Independence was read from the steps of the Williamsburg Courthouse by Benjamin Waller. The signing of the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolution, was proclaimed and celebrated from its steps.
The cupola on the roof was for ventilation. The original courthouse architect is unknown. Architects: Mike Hamrick, Blondheim & Mixon.
The Stocks and Pillory
Upon conviction, punishment was swift in colonial America and occurred in the public square. The humiliation was highly effective, usually lasting a few hours and occurring in all weather.
Minor crimes meant time in the Stocks (feet only). Serious no-capitol crimes lead to the Pillory (standing with head & hands locked). The pillory was more dangerous since the hands were not free for self-defense. People were often pelted with eggs, rotten vegetables, stones, or even beaten by onlookers often resulting in permanent
Erected by Erected as Eagle Scout Project of Thomas Ward Troop 2, Helena, Alabama.
Location. 33° 8.398′ N, 86° 49.804′ W. Marker is in Montevallo, Alabama, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Montevallo Road (Alabama Route 119) 0.3 miles south of Alex Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the American Village. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3727 Hwy 119, Montevallo AL 35115, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Liberty Bell Garden (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel/One Nation Under God (about 500 feet away); The Liberty Bell (about 500 feet away); The President's Oval Office/The Glorious Burden (about 500 feet away); Washington Hall/Birth of A Nation (about 500 feet away); Harless Cemetery King House (approx. 3.1 miles away); University Of Montevallo National Historic District (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montevallo.
Also see . . . American Village. (Submitted on February 22, 2017.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • Politics •
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