Days Gone By - stories from the past

On December 20th in 1978, a historic house was moved in Dothan, Alabama – [see this film of it being moved]

The Waddell farmhouse appears at home in Landmarks park, in Dothan, Alabama, but local people can tell you the story of the historic day on December 20, 1978 when it was moved to its present location. Located at Dothan Landmark Park off U.S. Highway 431, four miles from downtown Dothan, Alabama is a quaint turn of the century farmhouse.

Focal point of Landmark Park

The Waddell house is a focal point of Landmark Park, which provides a glimpse of an 1890s farm complete with period buildings, animals and crops.

waddell house in landmark park

Local rumor how location was marked

There has always been a rumor that the new location for the Waddell farmhouse in Landmark Park in Dothan, Alabama was marked with a cigarette pack and this film of validates the rumor.

Watch the film to the end to see which brand of cigarettes was used.


Moving the Waddell house

waddell house move

Built of heart pine by Lesker H. Waddell

The house was originally built by Bud Bush of heart pine lumber from the sawmill owned and operated by Lesker H. Waddell. In 1906 Mr. Waddell purchased the house and acreage, completely furnishing it during the next three years.

In 1909 he brought his bride, Gypsy Hall, to live on the farm. Three children, Earl, Byrd and Iona were born in this house. The house and furnishings remained unaltered until the death of Mrs. Waddell in 1976. Mr. Waddell died in 1956.


The house originally stood on an 80 acre farm, located two miles west of the Houston County Courthouse. Today this site is the corner of Ross Clark Circle and Main Street.

Threatened with destruction

Due to construction of the area of Ross Clark Circle, the house was threatened with destruction by Dothan’s rapid growth. In 1978 the Waddell Family donated the house and outbuildings to the Dothan Landmarks Foundation.

In December 1978 and January 1979 these buildings were moved to this site as the first phase toward the development of the Landmarks Center for Natural Science and History. Today this house and surrounding land stand as a living memorial to the early farmers of the Wiregrass Area who contributed so much to our heritage.

Landmarks Park, Dothan, Alabama

landmarks park

Landmark Park established

In 1992, a joint resolution, passed by both houses of the Alabama legislature, designated Landmark Park as Alabama’s official museum of agriculture.

Landmark Park charges a small daily admission fee, but nearby individuals and families also have the option of paying one flat membership rate and in return receiving free admission for a full year, a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, advance notice of workshops, on subjects such as creating bird-friendly gardens and farming, and free admission to special events.


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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