Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Athens was incorporated in 1818, one year prior to the admission of Alabama as the 22nd state. It is the seat of Limestone County, created by an act of the Alabama Territorial Legislature. Athens has a legacy of providing quality education for residents. In 1822, citizens purchased land for the establishment of the Athens Female Academy. Now Athens State University, the campus continues to serve the community. The fertile lands around the town were cleared by early settlers and slaves making possible large-scale cotton production during the flush times of the 1830s-40s. Local residents brought the railroad through Athens in 1858, connecting the area to markets and establishing the town as a hub of commerce for the surrounding area. Prospering, the town hoped to avoid secession of the state, voting for the Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas in 1860. (Continued on the other side)
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As the Civil War approached, many of the town's young men left for distant locales to defend their homes. Athens was seized by the Union Army in May 1862. The resultant destruction of homes and businesses by these forces is known as the "Sack of Athens." The town was occupied by the Union Army for most of the war. Athens was home to Gov. George S. Houston, the state's first post-Reconstruction
Erected 2010 by The Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Athens.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 34° 48.2′ N, 86° 58.05′ W. Marker was in Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker was at the intersection of Beaty Street North and Market Street/Buck Island Road on Beaty Street North. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Athens Visitors Center at Big Spring Memorial Park. Marker was at or near this postal address: 100 Beaty Street North, Athens AL 35611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Athens Big Spring Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Town Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity School Cistern (about Faces of Market Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scenes From Hobbs & Market Streets (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens College Veteran's Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); North Side of Square (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Athens. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
Categories. • Education • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
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