Greenville in Butler County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Camellia City/Greenville
Mr. J. Glenn Stanley, an ardent camellia enthusiast, dreamed of Greenville becoming “The Camellia City” and loyally promoted this slogan as editor of The Greenville Advocate. The city’s first Camellia Show was held at his antebellum Henry-Beeland-Stanley home in 1937. City officials, civic groups, garden clubs and individuals joined Mr. Glenn’s campaign by planting camellias in abundance. Local gardeners including Stanley, Steindorff, Beeland, Jernigan, Stabler, Ryan, Hendrick, Thagard, Langford and Fox began propagating camellias. Eleven Greenville varieties are registered with the American Camellia Society. In 1938, the Greenville City Council adopted the Camellia Japonica as the Official City Flower. State Representative Lamont Glass of Greenville was instrumental in the beautiful camellia being declared the Official State Flower by Act of the Alabama Legislature on Aug. 26, 1959. The 50th anniversary of the camellia as the State Flower was celebrated in 2009. Camellias of all varieties are evident throughout the city as Greenville carries on its heritage as “The Camellia City”.
County Seat of Butler County
Named by early settlers who emigrated from South Carolina,
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Greenville.
Location. 31° 49.78′ N, 86° 37.398′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Alabama, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of East Commerce Street (Alabama Route 10) and Posey Street, on the right when traveling west on East Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 East Commerce Street, Greenville AL 36037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Park/Greenville City Hall-Site of Public School (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Confederate Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cemetery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Commerce Street Historic District/Historic Greenville Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Butler County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Butler County World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Butler County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 545 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 14, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.