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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Clarke County, Alabama

Clickable Map of Clarke 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> Clarke County, AL (52) Baldwin County, AL (141) Choctaw County, AL (6) Marengo County, AL (28) Monroe County, AL (24) Washington County, AL (11) Wilcox County, AL (20)  ClarkeCounty(52) Clarke County (52)  BaldwinCounty(141) Baldwin County (141)  ChoctawCounty(6) Choctaw County (6)  MarengoCounty(28) Marengo County (28)  MonroeCounty(24) Monroe County (24)  WashingtonCounty(11) Washington County (11)  WilcoxCounty(20) Wilcox County (20)
Grove Hill is the county seat for Clarke County
Adjacent to Clarke County, Alabama
      Baldwin County (141)  
      Choctaw County (6)  
      Marengo County (28)  
      Monroe County (24)  
      Washington County (11)  
      Wilcox County (20)  
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1 Alabama, Clarke County, Barlow Bend — French's Chapel
First church building of record in Clarke County. Erected here in 1810 by John French of Virginia, who organized Methodist congregation here 1811. Combined with Gainestown Church 1897.Map (db m101575) HM
2 Alabama, Clarke County, Bashi — Choctaw Corner
Established by Choctaw and Creek Indians about 1808 as the northern limit of boundary line between their lands. This line begins at the cut-off in South Clarke County, follows the watershed between Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers without crossing . . . Map (db m83271) HM
3 Alabama, Clarke County, Campbell — Creek Indian War1812-1813
. . . Map (db m203668) HM
4 Alabama, Clarke County, Carlton — Mt. Nebo Death Masks
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mt. Nebo Cemetery is home to the unique folk art of African American inventor and artist, Issac "Ike" Nettles, who used concrete to make images of living people's faces for their . . . Map (db m101576) HM
5 Alabama, Clarke County, Claiborne — 93001517 — Dellet-Bedsole PlantationC. 1850 — National Register of Historic Places —
This 4000 acre complex has been recognized for its contribution to our understanding of the history of Monroe County and the State of Alabama. Originally developed as a cotton plantation during the Antebellum period, this farm has been in continuous . . . Map (db m80345) HM
6 Alabama, Clarke County, Coffeeville — Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation
The Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation was organized near this site on March 2, 1936, by some 83 members from Clarke and Washington Counties. This was the first rural electric cooperative organized in Alabama under an executive order . . . Map (db m80356) HM
7 Alabama, Clarke County, Coffeeville — Mitcham Beat and the Mitcham War
In erecting this marker the Clarke County Historical Society's sole purpose is to mark events and areas affecting the county's history. Beat 15 of Clarke County, since the mid 19th century, came to be known as Mitcham Beat, named for an early . . . Map (db m203677) HM
8 Alabama, Clarke County, Coffeeville — Ulcanush Baptist Church
Oldest continuous church in Clarke County. Organized 1816 as a prayer meeting; constituted full Baptist church 1817. Charter members were Roedy Allen, Michael Miller, John & Elizabeth Pace, William Stringer, William & Nancy Thorton and Joseph . . . Map (db m203664) HM
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9 Alabama, Clarke County, Fulton — Fulton, Alabama
Fulton, first known as Wade's Station, developed in the 1880s along the Mobile to Birmingham Railroad. With the railroad came an influx of lumbermen from the North. Marcus Behrman was the first of the lumbermen who came to establish a lumber mill . . . Map (db m203704) HM
10 Alabama, Clarke County, Fulton — Town of Fulton
Established in 1896 Dedicated on the 100th anniversary of Scotch Lumber Company October 7, 1989Map (db m203705) HM
11 Alabama, Clarke County, Gainestown — Gainestown
Founded in 1809 by George Strother Gaines as Choctaw-Creek Indian Trading Post on Alabama River, now Gainestown Landing. Here lived Alabama Indians for whom State & River named. At Battle of Maubila De Soto's hogs escaped, from whence . . . Map (db m101609) HM
12 Alabama, Clarke County, Gainestown — The Canoe Fight
On November 12, 1813, the Canoe Fight, one of the key assaults of the Creek War, took place nearby at the mouth of Randon’s Creek where it flows into the Alabama River. Following the Fort Mims Massacre in August, small bands of Creek warriors . . . Map (db m101574) HM
13 Alabama, Clarke County, Gosport — John MurphyFourth Governor of Alabama
Born 1785 in Robeson County, N.C. Came in 1818 to Monroe County, Alabama. Represented Monroe County in Alabama Constitutional Convention in 1819 and in State Legislature 1819-1822. Served as Governor of Alabama 1825-1829. Elected 1833 to Congress . . . Map (db m47637) HM
14 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Clarke County Courthouse
Clarke County established 1812. Named for General John Clarke of Georgia. County Seat moved here 1832 from Clarksville to Grove Hill, then known as Macon.Map (db m47655) HM
15 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Clarke County Soldiers Of The American Revolution
Lemuel Alston, William Armistead, Thomas Bradford, John Bradley, William Cochran, John Cox, John Creighton, Benjamin Darby, John Dean, Sr., Matthew Gayle, John Giles, William Goode, John Harvey, Aaron Lewis, Axom Lewis, Thomas Moody, Elijah Pugh, . . . Map (db m47748) HM
16 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Colored and White Soldiers of World War I
This is a replica of the original tablet from the 1924 World War I monument located in front of the Clarke County Courthouse. The monument was the first memorial ever erected to honor county war dead. It cost $1,650 and was paid for with . . . Map (db m57385) HM
17 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Creagh Law Officecirca 1834 Reported missing
Built by Judge John Gates Creagh, attorney, commissioner, county treasurer, judge of county orphans court and state legislator. It was originally located on lot 15 Court Street, facing the county court house, and was moved in the mid 1930's to . . . Map (db m47652) HM
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18 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Elijah & Isaac Pugh
Side 1 Near this spot are the graves of American Revolution soldier Elijah Pugh and his son Issac, a War of 1812 veteran. Elijah, born in Guilford Co., N.C. in 1760, was 18 when he joined a patriot band led by Col. Elijah Clarke at the . . . Map (db m154482) HM
19 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Grove Hill, Alabama
Front: Grove Hill, first inhabited by Choctaw Indians, was settled by pioneers in the early 1800s. The settlement was called Magoffin's Store after James Magoffin whose shop, two miles from the present courthouse, opened in 1815. Grove . . . Map (db m47653) HM
20 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Josiah and Lucy Martin Mathews Cabin
This cabin was built in the 1830s by Josiah Mathews. It is an example of a two-room log cabin. This type of cabin was commonly built by early 1800s settlers who came from the Carolinas and Georgia on the Federal Road to Clarke County. The cabin . . . Map (db m234676) HM
21 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — King Institute
Famous school 1880-1910 Allen McLeod, principal Students included Chapmans, Stewarts, Gordons, Pughs, Wilsons, McLeods, Calhouns, Mathews, Waites, and others. Many boarded in the community.Map (db m203685) HM
22 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Salt Pans and Furnaces
First paragraph on top left is not legible Clark County is home to three of the most important salt works used by the Confederacy. By the 1860s with the Civil War fighting the Confederacy had a tremendous need for salt. Before . . . Map (db m234677) HM
23 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — The Alston-Cobb House
The Alston-Cobb House (c. 1854) is an example of plantation plain-style architecture, also called an "I" house because of its narrow profile. It is characterized by a simple gable roof. Typically, as in the Alston-Cobb House, there were masonry . . . Map (db m234674) HM
24 Alabama, Clarke County, Grove Hill — Turner Corncrib
This corncrib was dismantled and moved here from West Bend in 2002. It is believed that logs from Fort Turner, a fortification built during the Creek War of 1813, were used to construct the corncrib.Map (db m234675) HM
25 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — City of Jackson
Side 1 First home of Creek and Choctaw Indians, Jackson’s first pioneer settlers arrived about 1800. The little village was first called Republicville, then Pine Level, before its incorporation by an act of the Mississippi Territory . . . Map (db m101591) HM
26 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — CSA Brooke Cannon S-96
The Brooke cannon designed by Captain John M. Brooke C.S. Navy, and manufactured in Selma, Alabama, was credited by experts North and South the most powerful cannon used in the War for Southern Independence its range was up to 2200 yards. The . . . Map (db m101571) HM WM
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27 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — First District Agricultural College and Experiment Station1896—1936
On this site was located the First District Agricultural College, authorized by an act of the Alabama Legislature and opened in 1896. The street in front was changed from Grove Hill Road to College Avenue in honor of the new school. An Experimental . . . Map (db m101603) HM
28 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — Jackson
First village called Republicville. Town laid out in 1815 by Pine Level Land Company and named Pine Level. Incorporated 1816 and renamed Jackson for General Andrew Jackson. First commissioners, David Taylor, David White, Reuben Saffold, Peregrin . . . Map (db m101589) HM
29 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — Jackson Prisoner of War Camp
Side 1 Just west of this spot, along Ocre Ave. on a 10-acre tract, was the site of a WWII prisoner of war camp. The camp was one of twenty such labor camps in Alabama. Hdqrs. for the camp was at Camp Shelby in Hattisburg, MS. The camp . . . Map (db m101593) HM
30 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — Kimbell House
Built circa 1848 by Isham Kimbell on Lower Commerce Street. Given to city by Woodson family and moved to this site in 1977 by Jackson Historical Commission, successors to Jackson Bi-Centennial Committee, with a grant from the M. W. Smith, Jr. . . . Map (db m39202) HM
31 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — The Clarke County War Memorial
Dedicated 1998 A.D. to the Clarke Countians Known and unknown That made the Supreme sacrifice By giving their Lives for their Country and for What they believed inMap (db m101813) WM
32 Alabama, Clarke County, Jackson — Upper Salt Works
The area from Stave Creek to Jackson Creek was one of sites for the making of salt during the years 1862-64. Furnaces of native stone were built and salt water from dug wells evaporated by boiling in large kettles. Amount of salt six hundred . . . Map (db m101607) HM
33 Alabama, Clarke County, Rockville — Bartram's Trail
William Bartram, America’s first native born artist-naturalist, passed through Clarke County during the Revolutionary era, making the first scientific notations of its flora, fauna and inhabitants. As the appointed botanist of Britain’s King George . . . Map (db m101568) HM
34 Alabama, Clarke County, Rockville — Central Salt Works
Here was located the large and important Central Salt Works. Official government reports indicate that salt was being mined at this works as early as 1816, but the Indians had obtained salt here for centuries prior to this. During the blockade of . . . Map (db m101605) HM
35 Alabama, Clarke County, Rockville — Gravesite of Major Jeremiah Austill
Near this site, is the gravesite of Maj. Jeremiah Austill, folk hero & prominent figure in the early settlement of Clarke County. Born in 1794 in S. C., he lived, along with his parents, Capt. Evan and Sara Austill, among the Cherokee in Ga. . . . Map (db m101588) HM
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36 Alabama, Clarke County, Suggsville — Fort Madison-Creek War 1812-13
This marks the site of pioneer stockade commanded by Captains Sam Dale and Evan Austill. Choctaw Chieftain Pushmattaha often here. Expedition terminating in noted Canoe Fight on Alabama River immediately east of this site, was . . . Map (db m101566) HM
37 Alabama, Clarke County, Thomasville — Airmount Grave Shelter And Cemetery
Front: This Greek Revival style brick structure is known as the Hope Family Grave Shelter. Constructed in 1853, it is listed on the National Register of Historical places. The unusual splayed eaves and vaulted or “compass” . . . Map (db m47621) HM
38 Alabama, Clarke County, Thomasville — Tallahatta Springs
These springs, once called the “celebrated watering place,” believed at one time to have numbered seventeen, all in an area smaller than a baseball diamond, are about ¼ mile south from this point at the headwaters of Tallahatta Creek. They and . . . Map (db m203671) HM
39 Alabama, Clarke County, Thomasville — Thomasville War MemorialLest We Forget
Dedicated to the Glory of God and in Honor of the Men and Women who have Served their Country Map (db m101611) WM
40 Alabama, Clarke County, Thomasville — Thomasville's Early History
Side 1 In the summer of 1887, a notice was published confirming that the route for the Mobile and West Alabama Railroad would be the Choctaw Corner route. Soon the sounds of building could be heard over the swamp that was the . . . Map (db m101601) HM
41 Alabama, Clarke County, Thomasville — Williams’ Temple CME Church
Founded by the CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) Church as the only school for black students in the area in the early 1900’s, Williams’ Temple eventually consolidated with another school in Booker City to form Miles College near Birmingham. . . . Map (db m101596) HM
42 Alabama, Clarke County, West Bend — West Bend
Settled 1809-1820 in what was Mississippi Territory. Alabama became a state Dec. 14, 1819. Early settlers — Turner-Thornton-Stringer-White-Scruggs-Pace-May. Turner's fort built 1812, located 1½ miles N. W. West Bend Academy est. 1859 and located . . . Map (db m203667) HM
43 Alabama, Clarke County, Whatley — Fort Sinquefield
Fort Sinquefield Kimbell - James Massacre Creek War 1812-13 Erected by Clarke County School Children 1931 Lest we forget Hayden and his dogs.Map (db m115627) HM
44 Alabama, Clarke County, Whatley — Kimbell - James Massacre←½ mile—
Sept. 1, 1813 Creek Indian War. 1813-14 Part of War of 1812. British used Pensacola as base to arm, incite Indians against U.S.. Prophet Francis led Indians in this raid on Kimbell home. They killed and scalped 12 of 14 (two survivors . . . Map (db m47635) HM
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45 Alabama, Clarke County, Whatley — Old Indian Trail
Here passed the Old Indian Trail used as a dividing line between the Choctaw and Creek Tribes. General Andrew Jackson and his troops rested here for the night in 1813.Map (db m47633) HM
46 Alabama, Clarke County, Whatley — Old Line Road
Commences at the Cut-Off, or the first high ground in that vicinity, follows the watershed between the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers, and ends at Choctaw Corner. Established in 1808 by the Creek and Choctaw Indians as the dividing line between their . . . Map (db m47628) HM
47 Alabama, Clarke County, Whatley — Reverend Timothy Horton Ball, A. M.
February 16, 1826, November 8, 1913. Minister, Teacher, Historian, Author. His love of history, natural resources and mankind led him to record events, past and present, writing many of his notes on the pommel of his saddle and also walking . . . Map (db m83272) HM
48 Alabama, Clarke County, Whatley — Suggsville
Town laid out in 1819 at crossing of Old Line and Old Federal Roads. Named for Wm. Suggs, storekeeper. Site of Clarke County's first newspaper, cotton gin, carriage, shoe and silk factory. Site of extensive aviation experiments by Dr. Denny 100 . . . Map (db m47698) HM
49 Alabama, Clarke County, Whatley — Whatley, Alabama
Front Originally home to Creek and Choctaw Indians, Whatley was first settled by pioneers about 1808. Some of the most famous events in Clarke County’s history happened in or near Whatley. A Creek War battle occurred here in 1812 at Fort . . . Map (db m110971) HM
50 Alabama, Clarke County, Winn — Fort Landrum Site
Built around the home of John Landrum Used during the Creek War of 1813 First Clarke County Court met here in 1813 Succeeding courts were held here until 1819 Map (db m101584) HM
51 Alabama, Clarke County, Winn — Union Methodist Church
Established 1858, ¼ mile east of here. Camp meetings were held in summers. Congregation moved to site near Peniel 1894. The "arbor" and church building were left at original site. These buildings convenient for annual encampment of county . . . Map (db m101579) HM
52 Alabama, Clarke County, Zimco — Clarke County Courthouse Site
Town of Clarkesville 1819-1832 Erected by Clarke County Historical Society-1976Map (db m203684) HM
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Feb. 27, 2024