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Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Darden House

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
1. Darden House Marker
Inscription. Dr. John Wesley Darden, was the first African American physician to treat patients within a 30-mile radius of Opelika. He built the Darden House in 1904, and later married Maude Jean Logan of Montgomery. Dr. and Mrs. Darden shaped many lives through their commitment to the community by providing better health care and education. The Darden House became the social and political center of the African American community in Opelika. Dr. Darden sometimes saw patients in a clinic on the main floor and many gatherings and events were held here over the years. Prominent visitors to the Darden House included Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and A.G. Gaston.
 
Erected 2003 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Opelika Historic Preservation Society.
 
Location. 32° 38.283′ N, 85° 23.007′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is on Auburn Street 0.1 miles north of Kilgore Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1323 Auburn Street, Opelika AL 36801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Rosemere Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Rosemere Cemetery (approx.
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By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
2. Darden House
0.4 miles away); African-American Rosemere Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges (approx. 0.6 miles away); Railroad Avenue Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); South Railroad Avenue (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelika.
 
Categories. African AmericansScience & Medicine
 
Darden House image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
3. Darden House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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