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Old Vernon was once an active town in Autauga County, Alabama

Old Vernon was a town in Autauga County, Alabama. The closest populated place now is Forester in Autauga County. One of the first settlers was Seaborn Mim.

Autauga County, Alabama

Location of Autauga County, Alabama
Location of Autauga County, Alabama

It was an active place of business until about 1848 when it was swallowed up by the larger town of Autaugaville and many floods and health problems since it was located on the Alabama River.

Steamboat on the Alabama river ca. 1890

Herbert Coleman photographer – Alabama Department of Archives and History


Steamboat on the Alabama river ca. 1890 Herbert Coleman photographer – (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Other people living nearby

By 1886, all that remained from the original historic old town was an old delapidated (sic) warehouse. Surnames of some of the people who resided in the area included Coker, Miller, and three brothers Henry, Charles, and William Windham.

Other people living nearby were Jerry Lary on a creek named Yellow-water and his half-brother John Hicks; Judge Eli Terry and his father-in-law Jimmy Pickett; James L. Cottrell from Virginia and John G. Herman, a German from Brazil.


  1. History of Autauga County, by Shadrack Mims written in 1886

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