created Feb. 6, 1818 by Alabama Territorial Legislature from lands ceded by Cherokee Nation 1806 and by Chickasaw Nation in 1816. Named for creek (and its limestone bed), which runs through county.
Few settlers here until Indian treaties.
Athens . . . — — Map (db m29109) HM
Members of the Barbee family donated this plot of land for the purpose of a community school around 1915. Three years later, a storm damaged the building and the school was relocated to nearby Sampson's Chapel. The Barbee family then deeded the . . . — — Map (db m154188) HM
This church was organized in 1829 as a Cumberland Presbyterian church by the Revs. Robert Donnell, John Morgan and Allen Gipson.
After first using an interdenominational building, a church was built on West Washington street in 1852.
This was . . . — — Map (db m85386) HM
On May 2, 1862, Union troops of the 19th and 24th Illinois and the 37th Indiana Regiments commanded by Col. John Basil Turchin went on a rampage through the town. They looted and plundered stores and homes, stealing clothing, jewelry and anything of . . . — — Map (db m85387) HM
In 1818, Robert Beaty and John D. Carriel, co-founders of the town of Athens, donated ground for all public buildings, including $8,000 toward the erection on this site of a log court house. Among their donations were the springs which supply . . . — — Map (db m72221) HM
(Side A): 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 . . . — — Map (db m159697) HM
This stone marks the site
of the surrender of
Col. Wallace Campbell U.S.A.
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest C.S.A.
Sept. 24, 1864
Erected by N.B. Forrest Chapter
Alabama Div. U.D.C. 1902
In commemoration of the
triumph of their . . . — — Map (db m154212) HM WM
North Side This marks the site of Cambridge, a small town established in the earliest years of Limestone County. In 1818, it consisted of several business houses, shops, and a mill. It was one of three locations considered for the county . . . — — Map (db m60177) HM
Wealthy and influential Virginia family settled here in 1820's. Daniel Coleman (1801-1857) built his stately home a block west about 1826. During the Civil War, home was occupied by Yankee troops who took Elizabeth Coleman's teeth for their gold . . . — — Map (db m85389) HM
“My people were in slavery on the Coleman
Plantation. When the war came, they had an
opportunity to fight for their freedom on that
very same spot. Then Trinity was built at the
fort, and they could get an education there.
That story . . . — — Map (db m158197) HM
The Confederate Circle in Athens City Cemetery contains graves of over 50 soldiers killed in or around Athens during the WBTS, 8 unknown. Around 1898 ladies of the local UDC were working in the cemetery when bones, believed to be soldiers, were . . . — — Map (db m94159) HM
This burial mound is one of hundreds constructed during the Middle Woodland period between 100 BC and AD 500 by native people who shared burial practices with other similar cultural groups extending from the Gulf and Atlantic coasts to Canada. . . . — — Map (db m154232) HM
A section of the fence that surrounded the 'Court House' grounds until 1916. When construction of the present building was planned, the fence was moved to the County Poor Farm on Elkton Rd. This section donated to the people of Limestone County by . . . — — Map (db m85390) HM
Top row, left to right:
The first Limestone County Courthouse was a log structure completed in the early 1820s. The second courthouse, constructed ca. 1825 of brick, was used only until 1831, when the walls began to crack and collapse. It . . . — — Map (db m154216) HM
Left, top: Athens citizens celebrated the unveiling of the first Confederate monument in 1909. Due to objections to the bowed head, which suggested defeat, a second statue was ordered.
Left, center: Watermelon rinds litter the . . . — — Map (db m154206) HM
From the 1850s to the 1970s, the Louisville & Nashville Depot was located between Market and Washington streets. The building has been used as a dress ship, a photographer's studio, and in 2004 was remodeled for the Limestone County Archives. . . . — — Map (db m93878) HM
The Methodist presence began in 1813 when circuit riders were sent to establish preaching posts in the Mississippi Territory. In October 1818 the Tennessee Conference appointed Reverend Joshua Boucher Sr. as pastor of the Limestone Circuit, Athens . . . — — Map (db m154192) HM
Approx. Ό mile North is the site of Ft. Hampton, built in 1810 and named in honor of
Brig. General Wade Hampton of Revolutionary War fame. Two Companies of soldiers were
stationed here in log buildings. The purpose of the fort, and its garrison . . . — — Map (db m154231) HM
Fort Henderson Built on this site in 1863 by federal forces occupying Athens. It was a five-sided earthen fort with some frame buildings and underground bomb-proofs. Abatis lined the fifteen-foot deep perimeter ditch, a small portion of which . . . — — Map (db m41787) HM
This house was purchased by George S. Houston in 1845 and was his home until his death here on 31st December 1879. Houston served the people of Alabama in public office for thirty six years. His long and distinguished political . . . — — Map (db m85420) HM
On June 22, 1933, Judge James Horton of Athens set aside the verdict and death sentence of an all-white jury that found Haywood Patterson, an African American, guilty of raping two white women. Patterson was one of nine black youths falsely accused . . . — — Map (db m154195) HM
D.L. Rosenau, Jr. graduated from local Greene University School as Valedictorian at age 15 and went on to become one of the youngest graduates of both Yale University and Stanford Law School. Following his return to Athens, Judge Rosenau was . . . — — Map (db m154200) HM
Lentzville Cemetery began as the family cemetery for the family of John Henry Lentz (7 Feb 1753-18 Jul 1835) and his wife Savilla. John Henry was a veteran of the American Revolution and pioneer settler of Limestone County, entering his land in . . . — — Map (db m114306) HM
In memory of
This monument is erected
by their survivors
Joseph E. Johnston
Ennobled by . . . — — Map (db m156910) WM
For more than a century, this bell rang in the Limestone County Courthouse to notify residents of the time of day and of momentous events. The Courthouse and surrounding Square have been the heart of this community since Limestone County's founding . . . — — Map (db m154199) HM
In remembrance of all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice
Thomas Belue Box Bobby Herald Brewer Clayton Gerome Craig James Larry Downs Gary Elmore Raymond Garth James Mabron Hargrove Gary Curtis Harwell Ruben Lee Horton Donald . . . — — Map (db m154208) WM
Lucy's Branch This site is named for Lucy Bedingfield, daughter of a slave and a Cherokee Indian. She was born 1832, and her Indian name was Finch. She married Meredith Bedingfield, a slave and had 9 children. Lucy was an astute and avid . . . — — Map (db m85421) HM
The second Confederate Monument was erected in June 1912. This view shows the intersection of Market and Marion streets.
The 4-H'ers parade their cattle on the courthouse lawn in 1959. Judges were on hand to give a blue ribbon for the best . . . — — Map (db m93881) HM
This is the earliest known cemetery in the town of Athens, and the final resting place for many of its first citizens. The earliest burials date from the 1820s and continue through the mid-1800s, with an occasional burial past 1900. Through the . . . — — Map (db m71525) HM
Built abt. 1849 by Rev. Robert Donnell, a native of North Carolina, and his second wife Clara Lindley Donnell. He was greatly inspired by the Great Spiritual Revival of 1800 and became a Presbyterian circuit rider, one of the . . . — — Map (db m72159) HM
“When told that the fort had been surrendered...
[the soldiers] could scarcely believe themselves,
but with tears demanded that the fight should
go on, preferring to die in the fort.” — Lt.
Robert McMillan, 110th U.S. . . . — — Map (db m158258) HM
“Trinity School founder Mary Fletcher Wells
and the American Missionary Association
forged the path for reconstruction in Limestone
County's African American population in an
approach based on the belief that education
and religion . . . — — Map (db m158194) HM
A church older than the county and state. First meeting house built in the fall of 1816, on Indian land, a few miles south of here along Round Island Creek. The first Govt. Land sales were in Feb. 1818 after treaties with the . . . — — Map (db m85422) HM
The First Baptist Church, organized in 1824, built a meeting house in 1826. A brick structure was erected in 1831 but was replaced with the above building in 1909. This church located on the north west corner of Clinton and Hobbs streets, was later . . . — — Map (db m93883) HM
“Just after daylight on the morning of
September 24, they opened on the fort with
artillery from three different sides, casting
almost every shell inside the works.” — Col.
Wallace Campbell, 110th U.S. Colored . . . — — Map (db m158261) HM
"The fort...was one of the best works of the kind I
ever saw.” — Lt. Henry March, 115th Ohio, USA
Here you can see all that remains of Fort Henderson,
the southeast bastion. Envision standing here during
construction. The . . . — — Map (db m158265) HM
"It is impossible to adequately describe what
Trinity means to me. It means everything.
Without Trinity I don't exist." — Dr. Charles
Eric Lincoln: scholar, theologian, author,
former Duke professor, and Trinity graduate
Trinity . . . — — Map (db m158185) HM
This cistern is the last remnant of Trinity School located here 1865-1907. The cistern was used to store rainwater collected from the roof. No physical evidence remains of the Ross Hotel, the Chapman Quarters, and other buildings on this block, . . . — — Map (db m72219) HM
Top row, left to right:
The Commercial Hotel, owned by George L. Sherrill in the late 1800s, adertised in 1885 that it catered to commercial travelers at $2 a day. After many years of operation by the Sherrill family, it was torn down in . . . — — Map (db m154230) HM
Top row, left to right:
The First Presbyterian Church was built on the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets about 1900. This 1949 photograph shows Standard Oil and Sinclair Gasoline signs. Built in 1926, the Standard Oil Filling . . . — — Map (db m154214) HM