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

Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park

 
 
Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
1. Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Front:
Historic Stockton
Modern Stockton is situated on a hill just above the original settlement, which was abandoned around 1840 because of Yellow Fever outbreaks. No verified source for the town name exists. Most likely it was named by the local postmaster. The Indian mounds located near Stockton are witnesses of a prehistoric Indian population in the area. In the latter 1700s, Stockton was the most populous settlement in this area, excepting Mobile. Some records indicate the town was settled by Tory refugees from the Atlantic States during the Revolutionary War. Early Stockton residents included the English Commandant of Mobile, Major Robert Farmer who was visited in 1778 by William Bartram, the noted botanist. At that time the town was an English trading post. Later Stockton settlers built saw mills, a small church, a school, and a Masonic hall. The old bell used in the Stockton Presbyterian Church is thought to have been cast in Scotland and brought to America. Stockton today is mostly a residential community with some logging and farming occupations.
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Reverse:
Old Schoolyard Park
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This 11.86-acre site was acquired from A.B. Crosby in 1928 for the sum of $500. Upon it was built Stockton Junior High School, which
Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
2. Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park Marker (Reverse)
opened with nine grades in 1929. It was the second Stockton public school site, the first being a three-room wooden structure housing 12 grades. That site was less than one mile south of here, the current grounds upon which Stockton Methodist Church is located. An earlier public school was taught in the Masonic Lodge building. Previous education was private, and schools were held in various locations. Stockton Junior High School was closed by a Federal school desegregation order of 1964 and burned in the 1970s. The Stockton Civic Club leases this site from the Baldwin County Board of Education for use as a public park. The Civic Club, with public and private donations, built the covered pavilion, the Community Center building, a walking trail, and other recreational facilities.
 
Location. 31° 0.658′ N, 87° 51.035′ W. Marker is in Stockton, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Alabama Route 59, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53871 Alabama Highway 59, Stockton AL 36579, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stockton Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bartramís Trail (approx. one mile away); The Mound Line (approx. 1.1 miles away);
Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
3. Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park Marker
Major Robert Farmar Plantation (approx. 2.2 miles away); Kennedy Mill, c.1811 (approx. 3.2 miles away); Bay Minette, Alabama (approx. 9.9 miles away); Bay Minette Korean War Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Baldwin County Eternal Flame Veterans Memorial (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockton.
 
Also see . . .  Stockton, Alabama. This website contains historical write-ups along with additional historical photos of the Stockton area. (Submitted on June 29, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.) 
 
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Stockton Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
4. Stockton Town Hall
Old Gas Station In Stockton image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
5. Old Gas Station In Stockton
Downtown Stockton image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
6. Downtown Stockton
Older Home In Stockton, Alabama image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
7. Older Home In Stockton, Alabama
Stockton Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
8. Stockton Presbyterian Church
Stockton United Methodist Church. Organized 1885, Current Church Building Built 1929 image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
9. Stockton United Methodist Church. Organized 1885, Current Church Building Built 1929
Baldwin Lodge #142, Oldest In Baldwin County. Charted August 12, 1850. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
10. Baldwin Lodge #142, Oldest In Baldwin County. Charted August 12, 1850.
Stockton Civic Club and Old Schoolyard Park image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 22, 2013
11. Stockton Civic Club and Old Schoolyard Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 930 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on June 29, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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