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Brundidge in Pike County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

City of Brundidge and the Bass House / Brundidge's Peanut Butter Heritage

 
 
City of Brundidge and the Bass House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
1. City of Brundidge and the Bass House Marker
Inscription.
Side 1
City of Brundidge and the Bass House

Brundidge was founded in 1851 and incorporated in 1890. Brundidge City Hall has been located in the former Bass House on South Main Street in downtown Brundidge since November 1992. The entire house was restored to become one of the most beautiful structures in the county. The Bass Home was built for Fletcher C. Bass (1864-1935) in 1906 by a master carpenter, Ben Andrews. The Bass family, who lived the typical life of a well-to-do Southern family, became a staple in the Brundidge and Pike County area. They were well respected for their culture and business acumen.

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Brundidge's Peanut Butter Heritage

Brundidge takes pride in the role it played in pioneering the peanut butter industry in the Southeast. In 1928, Brundidge native, J.D. Johnston realized that peanut butter was gaining popularity as an inexpensive source of protein, so he set up a crude machine in the upstairs of a wood frame building off Main Street and started one of the first commercial peanut butter mills in the Southeast. Soon, the Johnston Peanut Butter Mill was shipping out more than two million jars of the popular foodstuff each year. The peanut butter mill helped sustain the town during the Great Depression by providing jobs and a steady
Brundidge's Peanut Butter Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
2. Brundidge's Peanut Butter Heritage Marker
supply of inexpensive protein. The late 1940s began the decline of small peanut butter mills as big processing companies proved to be too much competition. Brundidge celebrates its role in the peanut butter industry with the annual Peanut Butter Festival the last Saturday in October.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Brundidge.
 
Location. 31° 43.133′ N, 85° 48.946′ W. Marker is in Brundidge, Alabama, in Pike County. Marker is on South Main Street (Alabama Route 93) 0.1 miles south of SA Graham Boulevard (Alabama Route 10), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 146 South Main Street, Brundidge AL 36010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Lest We Forget" (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem Baptist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Philadelphia Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial Bridge - 1921 / Grist Mill - Indian Battle - Recreation (approx. 8.7 miles away); Green Davis Tailgate Terrace (approx. 9.8 miles away); Riddle-Pace Field
Brundidge City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
3. Brundidge City Hall
(approx. 9.8 miles away); “The Thinker” (approx. 9.9 miles away); Pace Hall (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brundidge.
 
Also see . . .  City of Brundidge. (Submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Large Peanut Monument at City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
4. Large Peanut Monument at City Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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