Peterman in Monroe County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The first settlers came to this area in 1815. Major Walker built a grist mill and a log structure was built which served as a school and a religious meeting place for three different denominations. Settlers came to clear land and build log cabins. The Buford, Rikard, Rubley, Andress, Smith, Biggs, Mosley, Chandler, Dees, Jackson, Nettles, Colgin, Helton, Roley, Daughette, Floyd, Falkenberry, Mason and Lewis families were among the early settlers. Several stores were built on the hill above the town known only as "Buford's" for one of the store owners. In 1900, the railroad came through and the store owners decided to move their buildings down the hill to be near the railroad tracks. On moving day, with teams of oxen, the 3 or 4 store buildings were moved near the tracks. They resumed business and are still in use today (2008).
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A proper name was now needed for the rail stop, and "Peterman" was selected in honor of Mr. Addison Peterman, a long-time employee of the railroad and agent at the Repton, Alabama depot. Peterman became a thriving community, boasting stores, cotton gins, warehouses, drug stores, doctor and dentist offices and a successful farm supplier/fertilizer manufacture. The depot became the center of interest
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Peterman.
Location. 31° 35.127′ N, 87° 15.565′ W. Marker is in Peterman, Alabama, in Monroe County. Marker is on Old Peterman Highway north of County Road 30, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peterman AL 36471, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Puryearville (approx. 4.8 miles away); “Lucas’ Raiders” (approx. 5.4 miles away); A County Older Than The State (approx. 5½ miles away); Old Monroe County Courthouse (approx. 5½ miles away); Monroeville, Alabama (approx. 5.6 miles away); Atticus Finch: Lawyer - Hero (approx. 5.6 miles away); Truman Capote (approx. 5.7 miles away); Dr. Watkins House (approx. 6.1 miles away).
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 687 times since then and 72 times this year. Last updated on July 23, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 2, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.