Rogersville in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The settlement of what is now eastern Lauderdale County (known as "Over Elk)" by non-Native Americans commenced by 1807. Federal land sales were held in Huntsville during the spring of 1818. Although much of the land was described as a "howling wilderness," there was a rush to buy. Records of these sales show purchasers were Samuel Burney, Andrew Rodgers, Archibald Fuqua and dozens more. Andrew Rodgers bought 79 acres in what became the downtown business district and as a trading center, the village became known as Rodgersville. Businesses were set up at this site because of the three thoroughfares that intersected. One followed an old Indian trail which extended from what is now Florence to present-day Huntsville. This became U.S. Highway 72. Another led to a shallow ford across Elk River. This road is now called Snake Road. The third was between Giles County, Tennessee and the Tennessee River. It was the route known today as Lamb's Ferry Road. Heritage Park was built at the SW corner of this intersection.
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Worship services by non-native settlers were recorded to have been first held at a brush arbor one half miles to the west, at the site now known as Liberty Cemetery, during 1818. By 1828, Rodgersville had numerous general
Erected 2010 by Erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Rogersville June 2010.
Location. 34° 49.593′ N, 87° 17.702′ W. Marker is in Rogersville, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Wheeler Street. Touch for map. The marker is on College St but this side is facing Wheeler St. Marker is at or near this postal address: 72 Wheeler St.,, Rogersville AL 35652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lamb’s Ferry Road (about 500 feet away); Lauderdale County High School 1912 (approx. ¼ mile away); Return of a Native (approx. 1.2 miles away); Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake (approx. 1½ miles away); General Joseph Wheeler (approx. 2.3 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 4.6 miles away); Wheeler Dam • Wheeler Reservoir/Locks (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogersville.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,184 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 30, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 7, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.