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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Winston County, Alabama

Clickable Map of Winston County, Alabama and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Winston County, AL (29) Cullman County, AL (47) Franklin County, AL (20) Lawrence County, AL (59) Marion County, AL (13) Walker County, AL (12)  WinstonCounty(29) Winston County (29)  CullmanCounty(47) Cullman County (47)  FranklinCounty(20) Franklin County (20)  LawrenceCounty(59) Lawrence County (59)  MarionCounty(13) Marion County (13)  WalkerCounty(12) Walker County (12)
Double Springs is the county seat for Winston County
Adjacent to Winston County, Alabama
      Cullman County (47)  
      Franklin County (20)  
      Lawrence County (59)  
      Marion County (13)  
      Walker County (12)  
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1 Alabama, Winston County, Addison — Looney’s Tavern
Site of a neutrality meeting of more than twenty-five hundred hill folks during the spring of 1862. C. C. Sheats, Winston's delegate to the Secession Convention and one of twenty-four delegates who refused to sign the Secession Ordinance was the . . . Map (db m162750) HM
2 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Arley, AlabamaDeep in the heart of The Free State of Winston
On January 11, 1861 the State of Alabama seceded from the Union. Deeply perturbed, the people of Winston County held a political convention on July 4, 1861 at Looney’s Tavern, near Addison. A resolution was adopted to the effect that Alabama had no . . . Map (db m42859) HM
3 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Bethel SchoolFirst Known School In The Greater Arley Community
The Community’s first four settlers homesteaded land near this site in 1832. The little log schoolhouse, just 18 feet square, was built in 1874. The land, given by L. F. Hembree, is now the site of Bethel Cemetery. With no heat, a dirt floor, and . . . Map (db m42861) HM
4 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Early Post Office SiteDismal, Alabama
Office established May 27, 1891; discontinued July 31, 1902. First postmaster Thomas M. Wadsworth Homestead established here with letters patent signed by President Benjamin Harrison on May 21, 1890. Far-sighted and courageous pioneer, . . . Map (db m201365) HM
5 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Former Site of Smith Schoolhouse
Named for Uncle Harve Smith, patriarch of the Smith Family in this community. Built in 1911 on two acres of land bought for $5.00. Seat of learning of readin' 'ritin', and 'rithmetic until 1923 when it was consolidated with others to form Meek . . . Map (db m201369) HM
6 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — History of Meek School
Meek School was erected on ten acres of land given by Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Wadsworth. Chiefly through the efforts of Warren Hamner and Claude Miller, Meek School become the first consolidated school in Winston County. In the Spring of 1923, Nathan . . . Map (db m201368) HM
7 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Meek High School War Memorial
Lest We Forget Killed in Action World War I 1917–18 World War II 1941–46 Marvin Wenfred Johnson • Thomas Felton Smith • O. Z. Thornton • Tommie Tyree • Russell Burdick Wade • Belton Elmo Wilson • Walter Evan Wilson • Jackson Harold . . . Map (db m201367) WM
8 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Nathan, AlabamaOld Country Town
Post office established May 9, 1908. Named for the first postmaster, Nathan B. Langley, who was succeeded by Robert C. Walker and David H. Hamner. Post office discontinued June 30, 1915; housed in a general store operated on this site by Warren . . . Map (db m42860) HM
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9 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Old Arley SchoolReadin’, ‘Ritin’ & ‘Rithmetic
Only two-room schoolhouse for miles around. Built in 1903, “The Big Room” was a two-story building with the Masons using the upper story. “The Little Room” was a later addition. The basic studies were the three R’s and The . . . Map (db m42856) HM
10 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — Piney Ridge SchoolPioneer School Site
Originally known as Dismal School. Built of pine logs in 1900 on 1½ acres of land given by Zeb Humphreys, the building was about 20 feet square. Seats were rough board benches without backs. Students gathered pine knots to burn in the heating . . . Map (db m42862) HM
11 Alabama, Winston County, Arley — The Party Line - The “Talking Machine”Historic Corner
Here was located the switchboard known as “Central”, of Winston Telephone, Arley’s Grand Old Party Line. Built about 1909 by Mimm Wright, with an estimated maximum of 25 phones, she was the pulse of the community. When one phone rang, . . . Map (db m42857) HM
12 Alabama, Winston County, Double Springs — Dual Destiny
The Civil War was not fought between the North and South but between the Union and Confederate armies. Perhaps as many as 300,000 Southerners served in the Union Army. The majority of the Appalachian South from West Virginia to Winston County was . . . Map (db m201363) WM
13 Alabama, Winston County, Double Springs — Godfrey College and High School
Founded in 1880 by Robert Gold Isbell, President, alumnus of Vanderbilt University, under the jurisdiction of the North Alabama Methodist Conference, one mile west on the Cheatham Road at the town of Motes. Elijah Blanton, Hugh W. Isbell, W.R. . . . Map (db m153248) HM
14 Alabama, Winston County, Double Springs — Seaborn M. Denson and Thomas J. Denson
To the memory of the brothers Seaborn M. Denson (1854-1936) and Thomas J. Denson (1863-1935) who devoted their lives and gifts to composing and teaching, over most of the south land, American religious folk music as embodied in “The Sacred Harp”. . . . Map (db m201731) HM
15 Alabama, Winston County, Double Springs — Thomas Malcolm BlakeJuly 18, 1917 to Aug. 26, 1989
This monument stands in front of the birthplace of Dr. Thomas Malcolm Blake (1917-1989), and near the site of his office where, for forty-seven years, he devoted his life to helping others, Dr. Blake’s birthplace was formerly the residence of the . . . Map (db m201733) HM
16 Alabama, Winston County, Double Springs — Winston County Veterans Memorial
The citizens of Winston County express our deepest gratitude to our fellow citizens who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our freedom and to the many others who have been and are willing to do so.Map (db m201732) WM
17 Alabama, Winston County, Haleyville — City of Haleyville, Alabama
(Side 1) The Cherokee Indians were here first. They lived under the bluffs, near an area called the “division of the waters.” Richard McMahan established the first permanent settlement here in1820. John Byler completed the . . . Map (db m80558) HM
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18 Alabama, Winston County, Haleyville — First 9-1-1 Call
The first 9-1-1 emergency services telephone call was made from the office of the mayor on February 16, 1968. Earlier in the year, AT&T, which had a near monopoly in the telephone industry at the time, had announced its plans for launching the . . . Map (db m153209) HM
19 Alabama, Winston County, Haleyville — Haleyville Ice Company
On this site was located the Haleyville Ice Company during the years 1912-1957. The ice plant underwent technology improvements and modernization throughout the years. Ice was produced in 300 pound blocks and cut into appropriate sizes, delivered . . . Map (db m214778) HM
20 Alabama, Winston County, Haleyville — Jacob Pruet’s Stand
Jacob Pruet’s Stand (tavern) was a popular stopping place on the Byler Road in the 1830s and 1840s. A two story poplar log structure with four twenty-foot rooms per floor. It was located near a large spring and netted a handsome profit, as most of . . . Map (db m219825) HM
21 Alabama, Winston County, Haleyville — The Byler Road
The Byler Road was Alabama's first state road. Governor W. W. Bibb signed into law a bill authorizing its construction December 16, 1819. The turnpike was named for John Byler, its chief promoter. Byler and his associates were directed to build . . . Map (db m153313) HM
22 Alabama, Winston County, Haleyville — The Honorable Frank Minis Johnson, Jr.
Born in Winston County, Alabama in 1918, Frank M. Johnson, Jr. transcended the prejudices of his time and made his mark as one of the great jurists in American history. He married his Winston County sweetheart, Ruth Jenkins, in 1938. During . . . Map (db m80559) HM
23 Alabama, Winston County, Houston — John Anthony Winston1812-1871
As the 15th Governor of Alabama, Winston signed the bill creating the Alabama Public School System in 1854. He was known as the "Veto Governor” due to his stance against transportation funding. In his honor, Hancock County's name was changed to . . . Map (db m182870) HM
24 Alabama, Winston County, Houston — M1841 Mountain Howitzer
This is the M1841 Mountain Howitzer. It was used by the United States Army during the mid-nineteenth century from 1837 to about 1870. The cannon saw service during the Mexican-American War, the American Indian Wars, and during the American Civil . . . Map (db m182874) HM
25 Alabama, Winston County, Houston — Richard Elliott Payne"Uncle Dick" — 3/22/1826 - 3/25/1900 —
In 1861 "Uncle Dick” was present at a meeting of 2,500 people at Looney's Tavern. Upon hearing the proposal of Winston County's possibly seceding from the state, he sarcastically exclaimed, "Oh, oh, Winston secedes! The Free State of Winston!” – a . . . Map (db m182871) HM
26 Alabama, Winston County, Houston — The Jail at Houston / Houston-County Seat of Winston
The Jail at Houston The Houston Jail is the only surviving log jail in north Alabama. The jail, constructed around 1868 from hand-hewn hardwood logs, replaced an earlier one destroyed by pro-Union men in the county during the Civil War. The . . . Map (db m182919) HM
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27 Alabama, Winston County, Houston — Willis Farris1814 - 1888 — First Sheriff of Winston County —
Willis Farris was appointed the first sheriff of Hancock County, Alabama, serving from August 31, 1850 to September 19, 1853. Hancock County was renamed Winston County in 1858. Farris then served another term as sheriff from 1859 until 1865. He was . . . Map (db m182872) HM
28 Alabama, Winston County, Natural Bridge — Byler Road / History of Natural Bridge
Byler Road Byler Road, which passes through Natural Bridge, was Alabama's first state road. Governor W.W. Bibb signed into law a bill authorizing its construction on December 16, 1819. The turnpike was named for John Byler, its chief . . . Map (db m153261) HM
29 Alabama, Winston County, Natural Bridge — The Free State of Winston / Natural Bridge
The "Free State” of Winston In 1862, this county's representatives opposed secession, voted to remain neutral, and were labeled as "Torries". In honor of the first Alabama born governor, Winston County received its name. It was . . . Map (db m168066) HM
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Apr. 21, 2024