Lowndesboro, Alabama/Lowndesboro Business District

Lowndesboro, Alabama/Lowndesboro Business District (HM1CFI)

Location: Lowndesboro, AL 36752 Lowndes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 16.846', W 86° 36.599'

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Lowndesboro, Alabama

Lowndesboro developed from a small community of early settlers to a thriving township in the 1830's. The settlers' plantation interests were maintained in the lowlands along the Alabama River, while they built their cottage and antebellum homes in the Greek architectural style on the ridge of McGill's Hill. The Alabama River ports of Newport Landing and Loch Ranza were adjuncts to the town. Planters stored their cotton in warehouses located there. Boats brought choice merchandise upriver from Mobile. People from other communities came by stagecoach and carriage to spend the night in the local hotels in order to shop for select wares. The Lowndesboro Boys Academy was established behind the C.M.E. Church. The Lowndesboro Female Institute was a thriving women's college located on the site of Lowndes Academy. Horse racing was big business, and Lowndesboro had its own track. The community prospered in this era and produced this quotation from a traveler from Virginia, who wrote in 1837, "In northern Lowndes County there can be found a refined and polished Society."
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Lowndesboro Business District
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The Town of Lowndesboro Business District once housed livery stables, six doctors, a dentist, grocery stores, two taverns (hotels), general stores, a Masonic Hall, and a Post Office. The district consisted of wooden structures along the western side of Broad Street. In 1927 a great fire destroyed the Business District. The only business building remaining today is the Old Indian Trading Post, or Stone-Dryer Store, which now stands at the corner of Water Street and Broad Street. Despite the fact the stores were never rebuilt, much of the Old South lingers and many traditions of yesteryear continue. Reminiscent of times past, the local churches continue to have active congregations. Four participating churches in the community share services and employ the new version of the "old-time circuit pastors." The C.M.E. Church is a public facility and no longer holds regular services. It houses the cupola from the first State House in Cahaba, Alabama. The Town of Lowndesboro maintains the water infrastructure and the Ruby S. Moore Park.
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Lowndesboro
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 3:32pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 536726 N 3571624
Decimal Degrees32.28076667, -86.60998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 16.846', W 86° 36.599'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 16' 50.76" N, 86° 36' 35.94" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2755 Co Rd 29, Lowndesboro AL 36752, US
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