Days Gone By - stories from the past

General Wilson destroyed the first iron-making industry in Shelby County, Alabama

Charcoal Iron was made in Shelby County since around 1848. A furnace was built by Horace Ware, who afterwards added a foundry and bar…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

UPDATED WITH FILM: Presbyterian and other early churches in Elmore and Coosa County, Alabama

(excerpt transcribed from) HISTORY OF COOSA COUNTY by Rev. George E. Brewer (excerpt transcribed from SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES Other Church denominations in Coosa County…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

Mrs. Stuart was taken almost lifeless as well as senseless, and was a captive until the day I carried her to your camp

This was a letter written to the Editor of the Columbus (Georgia) Sun on June 16, 1858, from General, Thomas S. Woodward about the recapture…

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Alabama Pioneers biography book – Volume one – has been revised with pics and links & is available in paperback

Revised with direct links to many sources and burial sites! This book includes the genealogy of and biography of William Barrett Travis of Alamo…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

Anne Newport Royall – She was alone in the wilderness with her seven children when she met Andrew Jackson in 1818 – guess what happened next

In 1818, before Alabama became a state, Anne Newport Royall (June 11, 1769 – October 1, 1854) was a traveler in Alabama. After her husband…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

Forks of Cypress -1822 mansion in Florence, Alabama, had an air-conditioned basement [see pics & films]

(Updated with a new film) Five miles north of Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama was a wonderful example of a temple type mansion, popularized by…