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

Pickens County Courthouse

Erected 1877-78

 
 
Pickens County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, April 19, 2008
1. Pickens County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Pickens County, named for General Andrew Pickens of South Carolina, was established December 19, 1820. First County Site was Pickensville. On March 5, 1830, the government awarded 80 acres of land at Carrollton for the County Site. The first courthouse erected at Carrollton was burned on April 5, 1865, by troops of Union General John T. Croxton. A freedman, Henry Wells, was accused of burning the second on November 16, 1876. He was arrested in January, 1878, and held in the garret of this building. Legend holds that as Wells peered out the North window at a mob gathering below, lightning struck nearby, indelibly etching his image on the pane.
 
Erected 1974 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 33° 15.714′ N, 88° 5.7′ W. Marker is in Carrollton, Alabama, in Pickens County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Square North on Court Square North. Touch for map. Marker located on the north side of the Courthouse Square. Marker is in this post office area: Carrollton AL 35447, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kelly - Stone - Hill Place (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aliceville First Baptist Church
Pickens County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, April 19, 2008
2. Pickens County Courthouse
(approx. 8.9 miles away); R. J. Kirksey High School (approx. 9.4 miles away); a different marker also named Aliceville First Baptist Church (approx. 9.7 miles away); Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad Depot (approx. 9.9 miles away); Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 11 miles away); George Downer Field (approx. 12 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Face in the Courthouse Window. (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional keywords. Ghost
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USGovernmentWar, US Civil
 
The Ghostly Image In The Window Pane image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 26, 2009
3. The Ghostly Image In The Window Pane
The Face In The Window image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 26, 2009
4. The Face In The Window
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,667 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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