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Amazing! Jeremiah Austill describes Andrew Jackson’s inauguration from personal being there

Jeremiah Austill ((1793- 1881) was one of the participants of the famous Canoe Fight that took place in Alabama in 1813. We hear his…

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Varner-Alexander House [old photographs] – built by pioneer William Varner still remains in Tuskegee

(Thankfully this beautiful old home has been saved and fully restored.  It is now the residence of Tuskegee University's President.) VARNER-ALEXANDER HOUSE ALSO CALLED GREY…

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The old Pickett House of Albert J. Pickett is now home to the Montgomery County Historical Society

THE OLD PICKETT HOUSE BY MAUD MARTIN BUTLER (This article was printed in The Alabama Historical Quarterly 1930) The old "Pickett House" standing on…

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Found! An amazing film of 1914 Montgomery was recovered from the Alabama state treasurer’s vault

Early film of Montgomery in 1914 was discovered in the Alabama State Treasurer's vault. Thankfully, it was turned over to the Alabama Department of Archives and…

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Do you have memories to share from Skyline Farms in Jackson County, Alabama? [old photographs] Skyline Farms – Part 7

The Skyline Farms project, established by the federal government in Jackson County in 1934, was one of the more unique socioeconomic experiments in Alabama…

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Time to celebrate! [1937 photographs from Jackson county] This is what they did for fun at Skyline Farms – Part 6 –

Skyline Farms was a 'New Deal' Resettlement project in Jackson County, Alabama that was initiated in 1935 to help displaced farmers. Before the projects…

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Great Depression experiment – Skyline Farms – [vintage photographs] Part 3 – The men had to build their own homes

Skyline Farms, a resettlement community in 1935, to provide help to farmers in the Great Depression was built by the resettled farmers in Jackson…

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Can you believe the Warrior River froze in 1940? Be sure to scroll to see the photograph at the bottom of this page

We've had some very cold days in the southeast the past few years, but I wonder if any can match some of these storms. In…

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Gen. Woodward tells of coming to Alabama Governor’s aid during a fist fight in this letter written Nov. 1858

Catoma Creek Falls near old Montgomery, Alabama Wheeling, Winn Parish, Louisiana November 27th, 1858. To J. J. Hooper, Esq: Dear Sir: My health has…

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One-room schoolhouses were popular in early Alabama as these photographs indicate

Education was important to early pioneers of Alabama. One-room schoolhouses, log houses in communities, private homes, schoolhouses on large plantations, private academies, and mission schools…

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[Film & picutures of ] Dallas County, Alabama has over 1250 historic structures listed on the state and national historic registers

Selma in Dallas County, Alabama is well-known for it's history as a center for civil-rights struggles, but Dallas County also plays an integral part…

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[film – photos] Did you know that men from the city of Bay Minette, Alabama stole the courthouse records from Daphne, Alabama

The city of Bay Minette is in Baldwin County, Alabama and it is the County seat. Located in the central part of the county,…