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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Shelby County, Alabama

Clickable Map of Shelby 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> Shelby County, AL (48) Bibb County, AL (17) Chilton County, AL (31) Coosa County, AL (3) Jefferson County, AL (365) St. Clair County, AL (26) Talladega County, AL (29)  ShelbyCounty(48) Shelby County (48)  BibbCounty(17) Bibb County (17)  ChiltonCounty(31) Chilton County (31)  CoosaCounty(3) Coosa County (3)  JeffersonCounty(365) Jefferson County (365)  St.ClairCounty(26) St. Clair County (26)  TalladegaCounty(29) Talladega County (29)
Columbiana is the county seat for Shelby County
Adjacent to Shelby County, Alabama
      Bibb County (17)  
      Chilton County (31)  
      Coosa County (3)  
      Jefferson County (365)  
      St. Clair County (26)  
      Talladega County (29)  
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1 Alabama, Shelby County, Alabaster — Benton Family Cemetery"Benton-Oldham Cemetery"
Located on the site of the original Benton homestead, this cemetery was founded July 12, 1842, with the burial of early Shelby County settler Jesse Benton (1796-1842). All who rest herein are members of the Benton family by birth, marriage, or close . . . Map (db m37224) HM
2 Alabama, Shelby County, Alabaster — Harless Cemetery
Harless Cemetery was established as a burying ground in the early 1800s. It is on land homesteaded by Henry Harless, Jr., that was later owned and subsequently deeded to the cemetery by members of the Wyatt family. The oldest surviving marker is for . . . Map (db m24914) HM
3 Alabama, Shelby County, Alabaster — Nabors Cemetery“Ozley-McLane-Nabors Cemetery”
Established October 15, 1868, with the burial of Elizabeth “Betsy” Nabors. Her loving husband, John, followed her in death only fifteen days later. They are buried side by side. Many local pioneer families chose to share this hallowed . . . Map (db m37046) HM
4 Alabama, Shelby County, Alabaster — The Founding of Alabaster / Siluria
(Front): Alabaster was named for its quality of lime rock and the lime industry. In 1925, Joseph E. Walker opened the first retail business. The Alabaster lime rock plant was established in 1929 by George L. Scott Sr. The railroad . . . Map (db m59721) HM
5 Alabama, Shelby County, Calera — James Daniel HardyMay 14, 1918 – February 19, 2003
Side 1 James Hardy and his twin brother, Julian, were born and reared in Newala, Alabama, 3 miles east of Montevallo. He attended the consolidated grammar school nearby which had 3 rooms for the 6 grades, then attended high school in . . . Map (db m76244) HM
6 Alabama, Shelby County, Chelsea — City Of ChelseaIncorporated March 1, 1996 — Mayor S. Earl Niven —
Side A Creek Indians once owned and hunted the land where the City of Chelsea now stands. In 1813, Andrew Jackson and his army won millions of acres of Creek land from the Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, including the area where . . . Map (db m38488) HM
7 Alabama, Shelby County, Chelsea — Old Quinn Burying Ground
Established June 2, 1849 by Veteran of War of 1812 Loftin Quinn In Consideration of His Love for the Church, He Conveyed the Burying Ground to the Trustees of Liberty Church And Their Successors. Listed on the Alabama Historic . . . Map (db m28519) HM
8 Alabama, Shelby County, Columbiana — Columbiana, AlabamaShelby County Seat Since 1826
Side 1 Columbiana, originally called Columbia, was selected as the county seat of Shelby County in 1826 over rivals Calera and Montevallo. After the selection as the county seat, Columbiana celebrated by drilling holes in a large pine . . . Map (db m76251) HM
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9 Alabama, Shelby County, Columbiana — Shelby County Courthouse1854-1908
Original seat of government of Shelby County established 1818 at Shelbyville (Pelham). Moved to Columbiana 1826. First courthouse a small wooden building located on this site. Replaced 1854 by two-story brick structure which forms central portion . . . Map (db m24203) HM
10 Alabama, Shelby County, Columbiana — Shelby County War Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of the brave men from Shelby County who gave their lives that freedom and justice should not perish from the earth World War I 1917-1918 John C. Bailey • Girome Blankenship • Luther P. Crim • Jake Evans • James . . . Map (db m76255) WM
11 Alabama, Shelby County, Columbiana — Shelby FurnacesErected 1849 and 1863 — ------5 miles ---> —
Major source of pig iron for the Confederacy. Furnished iron to Selma arsenal for heavy cannon, naval armor plate. Furnaces destroyed in 1865 by Wilson’s Cavalry raiders U.S.A. Rebuilt 1873, closed 1923.Map (db m28523) HM
12 Alabama, Shelby County, Harpersville — Harpersville Garden of Memories
The oldest known grave is that of Oprah Moore (1772-1823), consort to Rev. (Doctor) Lemuel Moore. This is the final resting place of American Revolutionary War Patriot William Jennings (1761-1840) and the professed burial site of the Last Creek . . . Map (db m59652) HM
13 Alabama, Shelby County, Harpersville — Historic Harpersville
Harpersville is one of Shelby County’s oldest communities. Its existence precedes that of Shelby County and the State of Alabama. Big Springs, as Harpersville was originally called, was settled around 1815 by the Harper and Kidd families. Prime . . . Map (db m61886) HM
14 Alabama, Shelby County, Helena — Central Iron Works
Side 1 During the final years of the Civil War, Montgomery merchants, Hannon, Offutt & Company, built a rolling mill here along the banks of Buck Creek. Called the Central Iron Works, the plant’s construction was superintended by Thomas . . . Map (db m76241) HM
15 Alabama, Shelby County, Helena — Harmony GraveyardShelby County
This site began as the burying ground for Harmony Presbyterian Church, the first church built in the area that would become Helena. The earliest marked grave is Jones Griffin (died 1836), one of Andrew Jackson's Tennessee volunteers who was credited . . . Map (db m76237) HM
16 Alabama, Shelby County, Helena — Helena Freight House & Depot
The South and North Alabama Railroad Company constructed the Helena Freight House & Depot about 1872 while repairing damage inflicted by Union raiders in 1865. The original location of the structure was just north of the present railroad . . . Map (db m76262) HM
17 Alabama, Shelby County, Helena — Helena, Alabama
Side 1 At a crossroads, one mile south of Helena, a post office called Cove was established in 1849 and renamed Hillsboro in 1857. During the Civil War the South & North Railroad (the Louisville & Nashville Railroad) was constructed to . . . Map (db m76243) HM
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18 Alabama, Shelby County, Maylene — Cedar Grove Cemetery
Established as Meredith Cemetery, the first recorded burial here was Sarah Hoge Meredith, who died August 25, 1836. The Griffin family donated land for this burial ground and it has been in continuous use since founded. An annual memorial service . . . Map (db m37219) HM
19 Alabama, Shelby County, Maylene — David LindsayHistorical Cemetery Site
In Honor of Revolutionary War Soldier and Shelby County Pioneer Pvt. David Lindsay served with the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolutionary War and moved to Alabama with wife Mary Casey Lindsay before 1820. The David Lindsay Historical . . . Map (db m144907) HM
20 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — Alabama Historical Association
Founded in 1947 at Alabama College. Erected at tenth annual meeting held there in 1957.Map (db m79205) HM
21 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — King HouseBuilt 1823
This tablet placed by the descendants of Edmund King, Jr. and the Alabama Writers Conclave. To commemorate his life and services. First brick house and first with glass windows built in this section of the state. Formerly known as the Mansion House. . . . Map (db m37353) HM
22 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — Lynching in America / Lynching in MontevalloCommunity Remembrance Project
Lynching in America Thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States between the Civil War and World War II. Lynching, a form of racial terrorism used to intimidate black people and to enforce white supremacy, was most . . . Map (db m151279) HM
23 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — McGaughy FarmsShelby County
The home of Washington H. McGaughy and his wife Nancy Prentice Wynn, the original dogtrot homestead built by the Perry family. The 120-acre farm was formerly part of the Perry Plantation. After Perry Hall was completed in 1836, this . . . Map (db m159576) HM
24 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — Montevallo High School
Known as the Alabama College Laboratory School, Montevallo High School was housed in Reynolds’ Hall on the University of Montevallo campus from 1922 until January 1930 when the central portion of this building was completed. The original structure . . . Map (db m37428) HM
25 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — The Colonial Courthouse / The Stocks and Pillory
The Colonial Courthouse This building is inspired by the Courthouse at Williamsburg, Virginia, built in 1770. The County Court heard petty crimes and civil cases such as debtors’ disputes with creditors from abusive masters. Serious capital . . . Map (db m101501) HM
26 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — The Liberty Bell
(side 1) The Liberty Bell was commissioned November 1, 1751, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s Charter of Privileges for his Pennsylvania colony. The radical charter granted religious liberty to persecuted faiths, . . . Map (db m101506) HM
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27 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — The Liberty Bell GardenHonors Liberty, Its Defenders, and Our Constitution
American colonists cherished Liberty as their birthright. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed . . . Map (db m101503) HM
28 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — The Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel / One Nation Under God
(side 1) The Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel Inspired by Bruton Parish Church of Williamsburg, Virginia, it was named to honor Lucille Ryals Thompson. The Chapel was built in thanksgiving for God’s blessings on America, and . . . Map (db m101505) HM
29 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — The President's Oval Office / The Glorious Burden
(side 1) The President's Oval Office In this building is a full-scale replica of the White House Oval Office. When John and Abigail Adams first moved into The White House in 1800, it contained three oval rooms, inspired by . . . Map (db m101531) HM
30 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — University Of Montevallo National Historic District
Originally named Alabama Girls' Industrial School and later Alabama College, this institution was founded Oct. 12, 1896, by the Alabama Legislature. It was the state college for women until 1956, when it became coeducational. In 1969 the name was . . . Map (db m37289) HM
31 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — Washington Hall / Birth of A Nation
(side 1) Washington Hall The exterior of the hall is inspired by George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon. It has beveled-edge block walls. When mixed with paint and sand it gives the appearance of stone masonry, a process called . . . Map (db m101504) HM
32 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo — Welcome To Historic Montevallo
Home of the University of Montevallo, American Village and the Alabama Veterans Cemetery, Montevallo is located in the geographical center of Alabama at 33° 6’ 18” N 86° 51’ 46” W. In 1814, Jesse Wilson laid claim to “Wilson’s . . . Map (db m37178) HM
33 Alabama, Shelby County, Montevallo, Aldrich — Alabama Coal Mining
Coal was being mined in Shelby and the surrounding counties of Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Bibb, Walker, and St. Clair as early as the 1830s. By 1859, the largest mine operation in the state was the Alabama Coal Mining Company, consisting of several . . . Map (db m215674) HM
34 Alabama, Shelby County, Pelham — Pelham, Alabama / Ballantrae Golf Course
Side 1 Pelham, Alabama Pelham, located in Shelby County, Alabama, acquired its name in approximately 1867. It was named for “Gallant Pelham” who fought in the Confederate Army and was killed in action at Kelly’s Ford, . . . Map (db m76260) HM
35 Alabama, Shelby County, Pelham — Shelbyville, A. T.
Near this site stood Shelbyville, A. T., first county seat of Shelby County; named for Isaac Shelby, governor of Tennessee. Shelby County was established February 7, 1818 by an act of the Alabama Territorial legislature. The first orphans’ court was . . . Map (db m28441) HM
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36 Alabama, Shelby County, Shelby — Calera & Shelby RailroadThe Former "Alabama Mineral Railroad", A Division of the L&N Railroad.
Constructed around 1890 to transport large deposits of minerals in the region. Iron ore, marble, limestone, and coal, the L&N Railroad also ran passenger trains daily. The L&N depot was built in 1909 directly behind where you are standing. It was . . . Map (db m79403) HM
37 Alabama, Shelby County, Shelby — Machine Shop Smoke Stack
Approximately 80 feet high. One of the few remaining Shelby Iron Company structures.Map (db m79401) HM
38 Alabama, Shelby County, Shelby — Steam Engine
Manufactured in Birmingham by Hardie-Tynes Co. Shelby Iron Company utilized steam power to operate the machine stop and other equipment.Map (db m79402) HM
39 Alabama, Shelby County, Shelby Springs — Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery"Old Soldiers Grave Yard"
The Confederate Army established a soldier's home and hospital here (1863-1865) as a part of the CSA Camp Winn Training Site. Father Leray and the Sisters of Mercy staffed the hospital after fleeing Civil War destruction in Vicksburg, MS. They . . . Map (db m24212) HM
40 Alabama, Shelby County, Sterrett — Old Sterrett Cemetery“Cedars of Beulah Land Burial Ground” — Pumpkin Swamp Road → .3 mile —
This cemetery was established around 1841. The oldest marked grave is for Polly Webster (1822-May 3, 1841), daughter of Beulah Land founder Henley Webster, born February 5, 1805 in Anderson County, SC and died February 20, 1884. This hallowed ground . . . Map (db m59464) HM
41 Alabama, Shelby County, Vandiver — Sidney Word Lee(1864-1944)
Founder of Buffalo Rock Company (1901) in Birmingham and creator of Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale, a medicinal tonic first used in the Civil War. Lee's vision and influential support inspired the construction of this road across Double Oak Mountain . . . Map (db m52693) HM
42 Alabama, Shelby County, Vincent — Town of Vincent(Home to Alabama's Largest Living Decorated Christmas Tree)
The Town of Vincent is located on land that was granted to the Kidd family by the Governor of Alabama in the 1800's. In 1859, the land was willed to three Kidd daughters, one daughter's name was Anna Bella Vincent after whom the town was named. The . . . Map (db m61623) HM
43 Alabama, Shelby County, Westover — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery
This cemetery was established August 20, 1857, by George G. and Purnelea Crawford. In an earnest desire to promote God’s Kingdom on Earth, they conveyed this site to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and their successors. . . . Map (db m59653) HM
44 Alabama, Shelby County, Westover — Town of WestoverCelebrating our Future while Preserving our History
Located in Shelby County, the Town of Westover was established in 1901. Originally called Weldon or Cobb, Westover received its name from the AB&A Railroad. Westover was a passenger and mail stop. The Old Rock School served the children of the area . . . Map (db m62545) HM
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45 Alabama, Shelby County, Wilsonville — Confederate Forts
Near this site are the remains of three forts built in 1863 by Confederate troops under the command of Major W.T. Walthall, commander of the military post at Talladega. The forts, built for protection of the Alabama-Tennessee River Railroad trestles . . . Map (db m61621) HM
46 Alabama, Shelby County, Wilsonville — History of Wilsonville, Alabama
Wilsonville, nestled near Lay Lake in Shelby County, was named for Adam Wilson. The town was incorporated in 1897. Wilsonville was of great importance in the late 1800s because of the Southern Railway and it was also a major stop on the old stage . . . Map (db m61622) HM
47 Alabama, Shelby County, Wilsonville — Wilsonville Cemetery
This cemetery has been an important resting place for loved ones since the early 1800s. A Dutchman named Avehard is believed to be the first person buried here. The earliest marked grave dates to 1854. Sharecroppers, former slaves, educators, . . . Map (db m37225) HM
48 Alabama, Shelby County, Wilton — Town of WiltonIncorporated April 30, 1918
Side 1 Wilton, a once prominent railroad town now sits nestled quietly in the southwest corner of Shelby County. Founding members were as follows: L. McMillen, L.W. Irwin, O. H. Bice, John Westley Little, Sam Vest, L. Cochran, and O. L. . . . Map (db m76246) HM
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Jun. 2, 2023