Wilcox Historical Society

Wilcox Historical Society The Wilcox Historical Society strives to preserve, promote and celebrate the history of Wilcox County Call 334-682-4355 for more information.

The Wilcox Historical Society was founded in the late 1960's, with the initial goal to save and restore the Wilcox Female Institute. Our goal as a society continues to be to preserve the history of this region and to act in some regard as a clearing house and reference source to people searching for genealogical information. Our local Wilcox County Public Library is an excellent source of history

information. It is located in the courthouse - 100 Broad Street, Camden. President: Lance Britt (256) 975-7616
VP/Programs Chairperson: Garland Cook Smith
Secretary: Jane Shelton Dale
Treasurer: Mary Margaret Fife Kyser
Curator: LaJunta Selsor "Pie" Malone
Editor and Social Media Manager: Martha Grimes Lampkin

WHS Membership Dues should be mailed to:
WHS Treasurer
PO Box 464
Camden, AL 36726

$25 per person
$30 per couple
$250 per person lifetime membership
$300 per couple lifetime membership

If you would like to join our Strategic Planning Committee, to develop our Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan; our Museum Planning Committee; or our Tour of Homes Committee - please contact us. The Wilcox Female Institute is available for special occasions, family reunions, meetings, and functions. Please contact Curator Pie Malone at (334) 682-4592.

 tagged us in a post to ask about this beautiful old postcard addressed to Mrs J P Miller in Pine Apple. Writing on the ...
10/03/2023

tagged us in a post to ask about this beautiful old postcard addressed to Mrs J P Miller in Pine Apple. Writing on the card read “Hill Crest in Grampian Hills.” 📫

We found out the house is no longer extant but was on the site of the current Dunnam home.

How fun to get so many responses about this old postcard photo! 📸

Thanks to for sharing!

Coming up this weekend!! 🧵
10/02/2023

Coming up this weekend!! 🧵

Join the Gee’s Bend community on Saturday, Oct. 7 for its annual Airing of the Quilts Festival! This year’s celebration includes displays, quilt sales, workshops, guided tours, and so much more. The festival is free to attend, but some workshops may require a registration fee. Click the link below for more information on this year’s festival.

https://www.geesbend.org/

Help please! Does anyone recognize this beautiful old home, Hillcrest, in Grampian Hills? And note the recipient name an...
10/02/2023

Help please! Does anyone recognize this beautiful old home, Hillcrest, in Grampian Hills? And note the recipient name and address! What a find!

Ghost Stories event in Monroeville! 👻 October 19th.
10/01/2023

Ghost Stories event in Monroeville! 👻 October 19th.

The museum is looking forward to having Dr. Brown here. The event is free to the public.

We were excited to host the The Tanner Foundation group in Furman and Pine Apple last night! Thanks to the Suggs at Deer...
09/28/2023

We were excited to host the The Tanner Foundation group in Furman and Pine Apple last night! Thanks to the Suggs at Deerfield, the Tabors at Laura Ann and the Snyders at Rockwood in Furman and to the Lampkins at Pine Apple Bungalow and Greenleaves, the Lamkins at the Melton Hotel and the Robinsons at Mockingbird House in Pine Apple! 🚵‍♀️🚵🚵‍♂️

October Cemetery Tours in Mobile! 👻Historic Mobile Preservation Society sponsored.
09/28/2023

October Cemetery Tours in Mobile! 👻Historic Mobile Preservation Society sponsored.

This October we will be offering two themed tours of the historic Church St. Graveyard. Saturday October 14 will focus on the Mobile connection to the failed Vine & Olive Colony. Saturday October 28 will focus on Mobile Creole history. Tours tart at 10am and are $10 cash.

Coming up soon! Greene County Historical Society’s Tour of Homes!
09/27/2023

Coming up soon! Greene County Historical Society’s Tour of Homes!

Thanks for the post Welcome To Rural SW Alabama!
09/27/2023

Thanks for the post Welcome To Rural SW Alabama!

This Pine Apple home was originally built by Dr. Rufus Zeno Chapman and his wife Viola Cater. Dr. Chapman was born in nearby Old Texas, Monroe County, AL in 1873. In 1892 he married Viola and they had three children. Dr. Chapman was a dentist in Pine Apple and his office was located in the […]

09/27/2023

Liberty Hall was the very first home in Wilcox County Alabama to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The research and paperwork was done by Lt. Col. Sara N. Harris and her friend Dan Brooks. It is signed by Gov. George C. Wallace on January 5, 1984. 🙂

Another lovely church in Wilcox County! ⛪️ Gastonburg Methodist!Thanks Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt!
09/25/2023

Another lovely church in Wilcox County! ⛪️ Gastonburg Methodist!

Thanks Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt!

Historic Gastonburg Methodist Church. 1890's.

Great pic of the Pine Apple, AL Methodist Church! 💒Thanks Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt!
09/24/2023

Great pic of the Pine Apple, AL Methodist Church! 💒

Thanks Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt!

Historic Pine Apple Methodist Church 1872

Lower Peach Tree United Methodist Church in Wilcox County by Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt! We are loving the...
09/21/2023

Lower Peach Tree United Methodist Church in Wilcox County by Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt! We are loving the Wilcox County images he is sharing. Aren't you? Be sure to follow ✔️ his page.

The church does still have homecoming services with the last one being held in May 2023 according to the Clarke County Democrat.

Lower Peach Tree United Methodist Church. Est. 1846

This Sunday, September 24th at Old Cahawba's St. Luke's Church - HYMN FEST! 🎶🎵🎶 🎶🎵🎶 🎶🎵🎶 Enjoy an old fashioned hymn sing...
09/21/2023

This Sunday, September 24th at Old Cahawba's St. Luke's Church - HYMN FEST!

🎶🎵🎶 🎶🎵🎶 🎶🎵🎶

Enjoy an old fashioned hymn sing-along in a beautiful historic church.

"Cahaba (also spelled Cahawba), located between Selma and Orrville at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, was once a thriving antebellum river town and it served as Alabama’s first permanent state capital from 1819-1826. It became a ghost town shortly after the Civil War.

Today it is an important archaeological site and a place of picturesque ruins. The site is now home of the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was originally built in Cahaba on Vine Street near the intersection of Vine and 1st South Street. Construction began on the church in 1852 and it was completed and consecrated on May 14, 1854. St. Luke’s is a small, Gothic Revival style church that was constructed using designs prepared by the New York architect, Richard Upjohn. Exterior features of the building include lancet windows, pointed arch doorways, and vertical board and batten sheathing. The building originally had a square bell tower on the corner to the left of the current main front entrance, but this was not rebuilt when the church was later relocated to Martin’s Station.

St. Luke’s was built during Cahaba’s antebellum boom years. Following the post-war decline of Cahaba, the church was dismantled in 1878 and moved 15 miles to the community of Martin’s Station where it continued to serve an Episcopal congregation for several decades. St. Luke’s was then used by an African-American Baptist congregation for over 60 years before being acquired by the Alabama Historical Commission.

During 2006-2008, architecture students from Auburn’s Rural Studio dismantled the church and brought it home to Cahaba. It was reassembled near the corner of Beech Street and Capitol Street, across the street from the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park visitor center. The new location was chosen because the original location on Vine Street was in a floodplain. The majority of the original timbers was saved and used, including the 50′ heavy timber buttressed arches. Some of the original wood had rotted considerably over the years and students replaced it with oversight from the Alabama Historical Society and Cahawba Advisory Committee." Info courtesy of Welcome To Rural SW Alabama .

Thanks for the post of Reaves Chapel Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt!
09/21/2023

Thanks for the post of Reaves Chapel Rambling The Historic Alabama Black Belt!

Historic Reeves Chapel Church, Southern Wilcox County. Established 1859.

09/21/2023
WHS members and guests enjoyed "A Peek Inside Two Black Belt Historic House Museums - Gaineswood and Magnolia Grove," a ...
09/19/2023

WHS members and guests enjoyed "A Peek Inside Two Black Belt Historic House Museums - Gaineswood and Magnolia Grove," a presentation by Sarah Duggan, the Decorative Arts of the Gulf South project manager at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Both homes are owned by the Alabama Historical Commission and are open to the public. Help support the AHC and our state's history by visiting Gaineswood in Demopolis and Magnolia Grove in Greensboro.

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, October 15th. Stay tuned for details!

Thank you for the article Victoria Magazine! We were so honored to have Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle as our guest ...
09/18/2023

Thank you for the article Victoria Magazine! We were so honored to have Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle as our guest speaker at our annual Tour of Homes!

Earlier this year, The Countess of Carnarvon of Highclere Castle, site of the beloved costume drama Downton Abbey, served as keynote speaker for the Wilcox Historical Society’s 2023 Tour of Homes. Read more about her afternoon with Victoria Editor Melissa Lester and Senior Director of Design Melissa Sturdivant Smith at https://bit.ly/lady-carnarvon.

Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, September 17th at 2PM in Camden at the Wilcox Female Institute. Sarah Dug...
09/15/2023

Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, September 17th at 2PM in Camden at the Wilcox Female Institute.

Sarah Duggan, manager of the Decorative Arts of the Gulf South Project at The Historic New Orleans Collection, will share with us the history of two of Alabama's finest homes and the treasures they hold. Sarah and interns with the Decorative Arts of the South Project spent two summers documenting the collections at each home in - Gaineswood and Magnolia Grove, adding them to the DAGS research database in New Orleans.

Thanks for including the Camden Cemetery in the Hidden Histories article  Humanities Alliance! And there is a mention of...
09/15/2023

Thanks for including the Camden Cemetery in the Hidden Histories article Humanities Alliance!

And there is a mention of the Barn Quilt trail in the Alabama Best Of article. Check out the sites in Wilcox County!

The 2023 issue of Mosaic magazine highlights the diversity, vitality, realities, and history of rural Alabama. Features include essays on life in rural Alabama; hidden histories of the Alabama countryside; poetry; and recommendations on the best books, trails, and resources to get to know rural Alab...

Thanks to Sylvia Snowden for sharing this article from the March 2018 issue of  Alabama Living - another interview with ...
09/14/2023

Thanks to Sylvia Snowden for sharing this article from the March 2018 issue of Alabama Living - another interview with William Harris - The Discovery of the Orline St John!

William Harris was deadheading when he saw the hog chains.

Enjoy this CNN Across America video from 2011 - interview with 90 year old Possum Bend resident William Peyton Harris, u...
09/13/2023

Enjoy this CNN Across America video from 2011 - interview with 90 year old Possum Bend resident William Peyton Harris, uncle of WHS members Julia Ann Harris Handly and Floyd Harris and Donald Godbold. Learn Mr. Harris’ secret to a long life and see some of his artwork too.

By the way, did you know he was a roommate of Shug Jordan’s at Auburn?

Thanks for the feature of Wilcox County’s Capell House at Pebble Hill Welcome To Rural SW Alabama!
09/11/2023

Thanks for the feature of Wilcox County’s Capell House at Pebble Hill Welcome To Rural SW Alabama!

This two-story, plantation home was built circa 1850. The house design is attributed to local builder William T. Mathews. This house has an unusual style for plantation houses of the antebellum period. One of the unusual features of the house is Its umbrella-type hipped roof that deeply overhangs th...

Thursday throwback to September 1923! ⚾️🏈🚂Thanks Lee Peacock!
09/07/2023

Thursday throwback to September 1923! ⚾️🏈🚂
Thanks Lee Peacock!

Tom 'Sut' Jenkins Today marks the first Thursday of the month, so it’s time to take another trip back down memory lane for a look at some of...

October in Grove Hill!
09/04/2023

October in Grove Hill!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our 23rd Annual Pioneer Day will be Saturday, Oct. 28. Even more demonstrators, kid's games, and activities than ever before!

Congratulations Furman’s KayBri Desserts for the highlight in Alabama Living! 🧁
09/03/2023

Congratulations Furman’s KayBri Desserts for the highlight in Alabama Living! 🧁

Alabama Living we would like to ‘Thank you’ for the amazing article highlighting our family-owned and operated business in the Fall Edition of Alabama Living Magazine! We encourage all of our followers to take the time out to follow their page and happenings!

Gallows Field. Enjoy Lee Peacock’s latest Wilcox County history column.
09/01/2023

Gallows Field. Enjoy Lee Peacock’s latest Wilcox County history column.

Grave of Henry Kaster. Where exactly was “Gallows Field”? This was the question that I couldn’t help but ask myself the other day as I rea...

We are excited to be a stop on the The Tanner Foundation ‘s Grace Ragland 450!! 🚴🏽‍♀️🚴🏾🚴🏻‍♂️ The cyclists will be making...
08/28/2023

We are excited to be a stop on the The Tanner Foundation ‘s Grace Ragland 450!! 🚴🏽‍♀️🚴🏾🚴🏻‍♂️ The cyclists will be making their way through Furman and Pine Apple in September.

Hosting arrangements have been made by WHS member Andrea Snyder and visits will include historic homes Laura Ann, Deerfield and Rockwood in Furman as well as Hawthorne House, Greenleaves, the Pine Apple Bungalow and Melton Hotel in Pine Apple!

Join us in welcoming this worthwhile organization to Wilcox County! 🚴🏻‍♂️

We are so excited to partner with the Wilcox County Historical Society for the Grace Ragland 450! Our cyclists will enjoy the beautiful homes and hospitality in the area! There's still time to join us! Register or donate today!

https://graceragland.swell.gives/

Today’s look back - 162 years ago. Thanks for the post  peacock!
08/24/2023

Today’s look back - 162 years ago. Thanks for the post peacock!

Franklin King Beck Today – Aug. 24 – marks 162 years from the day that the South Alabama Rebels were officially organized in Wilcox County. ...

News from the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center!! ⬇️
08/23/2023

News from the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center!! ⬇️

You don't want to miss this.   Alabama Fiber Arts Conference "Threading the Needle" Exhibition Opening...Thursday, August 24 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Gallery Talk with Curator Jennifer Jankauskas (MMFA) a

Interesting program August 27 with the Clarke County Historical Museum ! Help support Alabama historical societies! 📖
08/23/2023

Interesting program August 27 with the Clarke County Historical Museum ! Help support Alabama historical societies! 📖

Hunter Appreciation Day! November 25th. 🦌🦌🦌
08/22/2023

Hunter Appreciation Day! November 25th. 🦌🦌🦌

In Pine Apple, AL — On Saturday, November 25, the town of Pine Apple, AL, is hosting the 27th annual Hunter Appreciation Day Festival! 🎉 Come on out for a full day of activities and events that the whole family can enjoy!

Be sure to visit Pine Apple, AL and enjoy all that the Hunter Appreciation Day Festival has to offer!
🦌 Big Buck and Big Hog hunting contest
🛍 Local vendors
🚘 Antique car show and parade
🎵 Live music

📧 For more information email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Great pic from Pine Apple Mercantile Company! Be sure to follow them to know what’s coming to the Pine Apple area soon! ...
08/20/2023

Great pic from Pine Apple Mercantile Company! Be sure to follow them to know what’s coming to the Pine Apple area soon! 🍍🍍🍍

Happy Saturday from Pine Apple, AL!

Enjoy more photos from Christmas in Furman! 🌟Furman Historical Society Bethsaida Baptist Church (photos courtesy of Don ...
12/22/2022

Enjoy more photos from Christmas in Furman! 🌟

Furman Historical Society Bethsaida Baptist Church
(photos courtesy of Don Donald and Martha Grimes Lampkin)

Under the Christmas tree🎄at the Liddell's home in 1961 - dolls, stuffed toys🧸, a trampoline, a manger scene made by Mayo...
12/21/2022

Under the Christmas tree🎄at the Liddell's home in 1961 - dolls, stuffed toys🧸, a trampoline, a manger scene made by Mayor Liddell and matching bathrobes for the Liddell sisters!

Clipping from 28 December 1961, Wilcox Progressive Era

What a wonderful night in Furman - an abundance of Christmas spirt! THANK YOU to the Bethsaida Carolers, members of the ...
12/20/2022

What a wonderful night in Furman - an abundance of Christmas spirt! THANK YOU to the Bethsaida Carolers, members of the Bethsaida Baptist Church, residents of Furman, pianist Bee Till as well as special musical guests from Harvest Arts, LLC! 🌠

Beautiful Gainesridge in Camden all decked out for Christmas! Thanks for the post .andress.3 ! (Be sure to scroll to the...
12/16/2022

Beautiful Gainesridge in Camden all decked out for Christmas! Thanks for the post .andress.3 !
(Be sure to scroll to the end and see one of Alabama’s most well known desserts - a must to try!)
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Shop local! The Brittany House Antiques at Oak Hill has a great gift selection. 🎁
12/15/2022

Shop local! The Brittany House Antiques at Oak Hill has a great gift selection. 🎁

Great advice Birmingham Home & Garden! Experiences make the BEST gifts!  Purchase your tickets to our 2023 Tour of Homes...
12/15/2022

Great advice Birmingham Home & Garden! Experiences make the BEST gifts! Purchase your tickets to our 2023 Tour of Homes now!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wilcox-historical-society-tour-of-homes-tickets-467133257147 🎁🎁🎁

These are the gifts you can't put a bow on - experiences and opportunities to enjoy with family and friends, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Starting on page 71 of our Nov/Dec issue you'll find 4 experiences worth gifting to yourself and others.

Whether you want to give the gift of relaxation or group bonding time Gunn Dermatology, Eufaula Pilgrimage: Alabama's Oldest Tour of Homes, PCH Hotels & Resorts, and Wilcox Historical Society have you covered!

Click the link below to purchase your copy of our Holiday issue.
https://shoppmtpub.com/collections/birmingham-home-garden/products/bhg-nov-dec-2022

📷: Eufaula Pilgrimage:

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The Wilcox Historical Society was founded in the late 1960's, with the initial goal to save and restore the Wilcox Female Institute. Our goal as a society continues to be to preserve the history of this region and to act in some regard as a clearing house and reference source to people searching for genealogical information. Our local Wilcox County Public Library is an excellent source of history information. It is located in the courthouse - 100 Broad Street, Camden. Call 334-682-4355 for more information. President: Martha Grimes Lampkin ([email protected]) VP/Programs Chairperson: Garland Cook Smith Secretary: Jane Shelton Dale Treasurer: Mary Margaret Kyser Curator: Pie Malone WHS Membership Dues should be mailed to: Mary Margaret Kyser WHS Treasurer PO Box 464 Camden, AL 36726 $15 per person $20 per couple $150 per person lifetime membership $200 per couple lifetime membership If you would like to join our Strategic Planning Committee, to develop our Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan; our Museum Planning Committee; or our Tour of Homes Committee - please contact us. The Wilcox Female Institute is available for special occasions, family reunions, meetings, and functions. Please contact Curator Pie Malone at (334) 682-4592

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Mockingbird House will be on the Tour of Homes March 25th! See below for ticket info.

Here is a Christmas glimpse of 3 historic Pine Apple homes thanks to the Wilcox Historical Society!

Check out our daughter in law, AnnaBelle’s, beautiful hand painted Mockingbird House ornament!
These are the gifts you can't put a bow on - experiences and opportunities to enjoy with family and friends, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Starting on page 71 of our Nov/Dec issue you'll find 4 experiences worth gifting to yourself and others.

Whether you want to give the gift of relaxation or group bonding time Gunn Dermatology, Eufaula Pilgrimage: Alabama's Oldest Tour of Homes, PCH Hotels & Resorts, and Wilcox Historical Society have you covered!

Click the link below to purchase your copy of our Holiday issue.
https://shoppmtpub.com/collections/birmingham-home-garden/products/bhg-nov-dec-2022

📷: Eufaula Pilgrimage:
So very excited for this years Tour of Homes in Pineapple & the reception on Friday night!! You all do a splendid time every year!! ❤️
Only 5 days until tickets go on sale for the Wilcox Historical Society 2023 Tour of Homes featuring our special guest speaker, Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle!

Ticket package options will include a private cocktail party, welcome reception or a luncheon with Lady Carnarvon, the Tour of Homes and more. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so don't wait long to get them!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wilcox-historical-society-tour-of-homes-tickets-467133257147
We are so honored to be included again this year in the beautiful Holiday Issue of Victoria Magazine . Sylvia and Tom Rushing, owner of Wakefield, are not only great friends, but are fantastic to work with! Wakefield's restoration has been a labor of love. See the finished product, March 24th, at the Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes Welcome Reception with Guest Speaker Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle , the setting of Downton Abbey !
Here's all the information you need concerning Lady Carnarvon's visit as the Guest Speaker at the Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes. Tickets will be available December 1!