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Near Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Cambridge

 
 
Cambridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
1. Cambridge Marker
North Side
Inscription.
North Side

This marks the site of Cambridge, a small town established in the earliest years of Limestone County. In 1818, it consisted of several business houses, shops, and a mill. It was one of three locations considered for the county seat, however the choice went to Athens, and Cambridge never grew as hoped.

During the "Great Spiritual Revival" of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, camp meetings were held here, sometimes lasting for weeks at a time. Among early Methodists who preached here were, John B. McFerrin who later became a Methodist Bishop and Lorenzo Dow, a man whose presence and message were so powerful that hundreds were converted by him, and children were named for him for generations. (Continued on other side)

South Side
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Temperance rallies were held here by the "Sons of Temperance" during the 1840's, drawing large crowds. The campground was also used as a muster and drilling ground by confederate units formed from Limestone County.
The eight acres for the meeting house and campground were originally donated by George Malone, an early settler, who came from Sussex Co. Virginia. He had large land holdings here and built his large home which he named "Cambridge" nearby. It was destroyed by fire in 1955.
Over the years, business gravitated
Cambridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
2. Cambridge Marker
South Side
to Athens, the rallying cries for salvation, abstention and freedom have faded from here, and all that remains of Cambridge is the old Methodist Church and the cemetery.
 
Erected 2002 by The Limestone County Historical Society & Athens-Limestone Tourism Council.
 
Location. 34° 45.549′ N, 86° 53.7′ W. Marker is near Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Cambridge Lane (County Road 93) 0.6 miles south of U.S. 72, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens AL 35613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Limestone County Tornado Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cotton Hill (approx. 2 miles away); Pleasant Hill (approx. 4.9 miles away); Confederate Circle (approx. 4.9 miles away); Old Town Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Athens Big Spring Memorial Park (approx. 5.1 miles away); Athens College Veteran's Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Trinity School Cistern (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
Cambridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
3. Cambridge Marker
Looking south along Cambridge Lane from the driveway leading to the church.
Cambridge image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
4. Cambridge
view of the church building from near the marker.
Cambridge Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
5. Cambridge Methodist Church
Cambridge Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
6. Cambridge Methodist Church
Rear of the church building, a concrete block building attached to the original structure.
Cambridge Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
7. Cambridge Cemetery
Established 1820's, located approximately 0.1 miles south of the marker and church
Cambridge Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
8. Cambridge Cemetery
Cambridge Methodist Church sign image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
9. Cambridge Methodist Church sign
Cambridge Methodist Church bell image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
10. Cambridge Methodist Church bell
Hallelujah Trail - Site 6 image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
11. Hallelujah Trail - Site 6
Cambridge Methodist Church is Site 6 on the North Alabama Hallelujah Trail. The Hallelujah trail winds through North Alabama linking 32 historic churches and synagogues that are at least 100 years old, located on the original site, and still open for services today.
Cambridge house image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
12. Cambridge house
a small house located near the church; perhaps originally a small parsonage, but not original to the town. Currently unoccupied.
Malone family graves at Cambridge Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 8, 2012
13. Malone family graves at Cambridge Cemetery
family of George Malone buried at Cambridge Cemetery. Note the unusual 'pillared' tomb stones.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 507 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on October 8, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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