a Few with Profiles
- Abba P. O. (1902-1905)
- Abbeville (1823 - Present)
- Ashford (1890 - Now Houston County)
- Bakerville P.O.
- Barnes (P.O. 1883-1903)
- Brackin (variant for Blackwood)
- Brown's Crossroads
- Cawthorn (1903-1905)
- Chester Chapel
- Choctawatchee (See Capps)
- Columbia (1820 - 1903) (Now Houston
- Cureton Bridge P. O. (1850-1904)
- Dewitt P. O.
- Doswell P.O.
- Dothan (1885 - Now Houston County)
- Double Bridges
- Douglas Crossroads
- Egypt P.O. (Smithville)
- Farmers Landing
- Franklin - (1817 - 1885)
- Gordon (Open Pond)
- Graceville P.O.
- Grandberry Crossroads
- Grayson P.O.
- Haleburg (1885 - Present)
- Harts Crossroads (Graball)
- Holliman's and O'Neal's Mills
- Hudspeths Crossroads (Graball)
- Indian Creek P.O. (1870-1871)
- Kinsey (1866-1903) Houston County
- Kirkland's Crossroads
- Lawrenceville (1823 - ?)
- Leman's Store P.O.
- Levin P.O.
- Little Rock P. O.
- Lynnville P.O.
- McClendon (Murphy's Station)
- McKissack's Ferry
- Meeks's P.O.
- Metropolis P.O.
- Mill Grove P. O.
- Miller's Woodyard Landing
- Murphy's Station (McClendon)
- Newton (Dale County)
- Newville (1899 - ?)
- Oakey Grove
- Old Zion
- Open Pond (Gordon)
- Otho (1823 - 1905)
- Panzey (Houston County)
- Pleasant Grove
- Richmond (1819 (Brewer says 1826 - 1828)
- River Station (Houston County)
- Scottsboro Crossroads
- Shorterville (1825 - ?)
- Smithville P.O. (See Egypt)
- Stanford P.O.
- Union Springs
- Wells Station (Newville)
- White Oak
- White Pond
- Wills Crossroads
- Zornville (1883-1904)
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The city is located
in Houston County (Southeast Region), in SE Alabama at the Georgia state
line along Highway 52 on the banks of the Chattahoochee River near Dothan
putting it in the Dothan, Alabama metro area.
Originally in Henry County
Originally in Henry County
Newton is located in Dale
County (Southeast Region), 15 miles northwest of Dothan along Highway 134
near the Fort Rucker Military Reservation.
in Henry County
Named for a former postmaster,
Eliza Kinsey, Kinsey is found in Houston County (Southeast Region), on
the NE outskirts of Dothan along Highway 431 placing it in the Dothan,
Alabama metro area.
Otho, one of
the lost towns in the county, was a thriving small village in the early
history of that section, about 7 miles north of Franklin.
Stage coaches are said
to have passed that way. It was on the Chattahoochee River road. There
were two furnishing, that is grocery and dry goods stores. A boat landing
on the river, provided means for the merchants to receive merchandise from
Columbus, Georgia and other points along the river. Large plantation
owners in this section traded with the merchants there who kept good wares
and needful merchandise.
Otho drew trade largely
from the north east section of Henry County and south east of Barbour County.
Beginning in the 1880’s
many of the inhabitants and plantation owners moved to Columbia, Abbeville,
Eufaula, Clayton and elsewhere.
The Bedell, Averett,
McVey, Elias Thomas, Allen Bizzell, Moses Langston, Hinton Craddock, W.
J. Craddock, Giles Carter, P. M. Thomas, Jesse W. Corbitt, Lipscomb, Whitmore
Price, John and Rebecca Bowden, Nancy Thomas and her grandchildren, James
R. Morris, Henry W. Culver, Albert A. Norton, William H. Calhoun, George
W. Carter, A. S. Hill, Michael Holmes and Jos. F. Phillips lived at Otho.
Otho began to decline
during the 1890’s when prices for farm products were not in keeping with
their cost of production.
The steamboats on the
river made trips from Columbus to Apalachicola twice weekly until 1920.
There was a U. S. Post
Office at Otho from 19 July 1854 until 15 November 1905. After that time
they called for their mail at Hilliardsville. Otho was in existent as late
as the turn of the century.
called Tumbleton began in the 1890's when Reuben Shelley and family settled
on lands he purchased six miles northeast of Headland where the old Franklin-Newton
and Echo-Columbia roads crossed. In 1905, the settlement began replacing
Balkum, Alabama as the hub of the surrounding area as Balkum began to fade
away. Mr. John Sanders first claimed lands in 1856 where Tumbleton stands.
The village had several names: Shelley's Sluice, Shelley's Crossroads,
Shelley Town, Tumble Town, and lastly Tumbleton.
is basically a retirement community. It is ideally located with access
to medical, social, shopping,
and pleasure facilities. Fishing and boating opportunities are available
on the Chattahoochee River.
Dothan offers all of the amenities of a large city. Haleburg is located
15 miles northeast of Headland and
miles from the Alabama-Georgia state line. The lifestyle of the town is
relaxed and easy with no traffic lights or
traffic jams. The neighborly residents take care of one another's physical
and religious needs at the 2 local churches. It may not be busy here
but it is surely a nice place to live in the area's beautiful rolling hills.
Alabama; a small town located in the southwestern section of Henry County
in the southeastern
of the State of Alabama! The town was named after Dr. James Joshua Head
who registered his
area of 160 acres in Montgomery in 1865; this land became the largest and
earliest settlement, known
Head's Land. The Post Office created a postmark for the town and put "Headland"
for its name. The town
founded in 1871 and was incorporated in 1884.
began moving to the settlement, seeing that its surroundings and strategic
location gave way to a bounteous timber and turpentine industry. As industry
gradually shifted from the lumber base, the area still remained active
in agriculture, having peanuts, cotton, and corn forming the economic foundation
that still exists. Settlers from the Carolinas and the Virginias brought
with them a tremendous work ethic and a firm will to succeed as they faced
the problems and obstacles in this new, unknown area and way of life.
agriculture remains important in its economic base, this doesn't mean that
Headland is tied to the farm.
industries include the home of a furniture manufacturing plant, a baker's
yeast production and distribution
a pen and pencil producing company, construction concerns, trucking lines,
facilities that process and distribute peanuts. It is everyone's belief
in hard work and its rewards that make
city what it is today; it is that belief that will carry us successfully
forward into the next century.
current population for Headland is 3,266.
Blanche Solomon memorial Library is located next to City Hall on the square
and has approximately
volumes. The library contains reading areas for all ages, including a room
of area history. It also has
online computers available for public use.
natural resources of the area include mining of clays, bauxite, and stone
along with harvesting an
of loblolly pines and slash pines. Our major agricultural products include
peanuts, hogs, cattle,
soybeans, corn, and canola. One cotton gin and 3 peanut processors operate
locally; the closest market
livestock, soybeans, corn, and canola is in Dothan.
are 24 churches in and around the Headland area to serve both the physical
and spiritual needs
almost all denominations; others are found close by in Dothan.
Headland Observer is the local weekly newspaper that prints each Thursday.
Dothan Eagle is daily and the Dothan Progress is a weekly.
history of Abbeville begins after the early settlers along the Chattahoochee
River on the bottomlands and
along the Abbey Creek and its tributaries were advised by the Indians to
seek higher grounds. These
early settlers had experienced illness of fever, probably malaria, among
themselves and their families.
Their land was bought from U.S. Land Office at Sparta in Conecuh County
as early as 1820.
sought higher ground and decided on that part of the Chunnuggee Ridge that
the Indians named
"Yatta Abba", that the settlers knew as Abbeville from 1821. Since the
altitude was 499 feet, the
area had perfect drainage. They heeded this sound advice and began building
their log homes in
this healthful area. It began to grow continuously with settlers coming
from the Carolinas, Georgia, and
Virginia; 80 percent were from South Carolina alone. They had been crowded
out of their native states
as there was not land enough to go around among the large families of sixteen
or more children.
in this county, they found land that produced abundant crops of cotton
and corn and most years
had a very suitable climate. Some of them had come in good financial condition
and added to their holdings
by good management. Many of the jobs held by settlers were not white collar
jobs, but required
hands and brains that were needful. Of the occupations reported were: blacksmith,
cabinet makers, merchants, carpenters, millwrights, planters, spinning
wheel makers, chair
makers, hatters, school teachers, surveyors of land, stockmen, rock and
brick masons, to name a few. By
1823, Abbeville was a growing village of substantial residents. It became
the county seat of Henry County in 1833.
factors find that Abbeville is located in the Lower Coastal Plains, an
area that runs along the southern
border of Alabama and as far north as the northern part of Henry County.
The Lower Coastal Plains are
made up of soils that respond well to good management, especially fertilizations
and irrigation. A two hour drive from Abbeville will place one at the Gulf
of Mexico's fishing areas and beaches. Lakes and streams of the Chattahoochee
are within 30 minutes, where there is an abundance of campsites and provisions
for boating and fishing. Hunting advantages further add to the enjoyment
of living in the area.
Abbeville Memorial Library maintains approximately 13,000 volumes. An excellent
working relationship exists
between the city library and the regional library, thus providing a rotation
of printed materials and giving a
broader base for the library's selection. This modern library has a spacious
meeting room and historical section that contains records and books of
the once-active Henry County Historical Society.
local newspaper is The Abbeville Herald published weekly.
Franklin - First Beachhead
into East Alabama
Location: Located near
the McKemie Bridge on Alabama Highway 10, fourteen miles east of Abbeville,
Marker Dedication or
Erection Date: January 21, 1979
The frontier village
of Franklin was established here by Colonel Robert Irwin in 1814 on the
site of the Indian town of Cheeska Talofa. It was the first colonial village
in east Alabama. Fort Gaines, Georgia, was constructed in 1816 to protect
the early settlers in this former Creek Indian Nation, West. Twenty-one
blocks were laid off for this promising river port of Abbeville. This prospective
early city never recovered from the destructive flood of 1888.
Erected by the Historic
Chattahoochee Commission and the Henry County Historical Society, 1978.
on U.S. Highway 431 at Lawrenceville, Alabama.
Marker Dedication or
Erection Date: November 12, 1978
This cultural, educational
and religious center in east Alabama was settled in 1823 and named for
Joseph Lawrence, prominent pioneer, farmer, and extensive land owner. A
Baptist and a Methodist Church were established here prior to 1830. The
first settlers of this area came from the Carolinas and Georgia, crossing
the Chattahoochee River at Franklin and squatting here until land could
be purchased in 1828.
SIDE 2: Lawrenceville
The first and foremost
educational facility in east Alabama opened here prior to 1840. It later
became the Masonic Male and Female Institute. This pioneer school was active
for 50 years graduating such outstanding personalities as Anson West, DDV,
Methodist minister, missionary, author, educator, and William C. Oates,
Governor of Alabama, Colonel C.S.A., General U.S.A., and author. Erected
by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Henry County Historical
Hilliardsville post office
was established near here on May 18, 1850, with Washington H. Peacock as
its first postmaster, followed in 1860 by John M. Woods. Discontinued during
the Civil War, the post office was re-established in 1872 with Matilda
Thompson as postmistress. Later appointments were John P. Crawford in 1876,
Matilda Thompson again in 1878, James A. Phillips and Richard Knight in
1882, Mattie R. Bedell in 1883, John C. McLeod, Maggie E. Johnston in 1884,
and William F. Watford in 1887. His son, John W. Watford served from 1897
until October 15, 1907, when mail service was transferred to the Abbeville
Post Office. Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Henry
County Historical Society, 1989.