Hank Williams' Boyhood Home / Thigpen's Log Cabin Popular Dance Hall

Hank Williams' Boyhood Home / Thigpen's Log Cabin Popular Dance Hall (HM1JGP)

Location: Georgiana, AL 36033 Butler County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 38.374', W 86° 44.509'

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Hank Williams' Boyhood Home

Hiram Williams lived in Georgiana from age 7 to 11. In 1931, Mrs. Lillie Williams moved Hiram and his sister Irene from rural Wilcox County to this house owned by Thaddeus B. Rose. When he was 8, his mother bought him a guitar for $3.50. Black street musician Rufus (Tee-Tot) Payne became his teacher. Hiram practiced guitar under the raised-cottage house and sang on the streets for tips. The family moved to Greenville in the fall of 1934 and then to Montgomery in 1937 where, at age 14, Hiram began calling himself 'Hank.'

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Thigpen's Log Cabin Popular Dance Hall

While still a teenager in the early 1940s, Hank Williams used his radio show on WSFA to promote 'show dates' at schools, theaters and honky-tonks in South Alabama. Fred Thigpen's Log Cabin, which opened in 1931 a mile from Hank's boyhood home, was one of the most popular dance halls. In 1992, Mayor Lynn Watson led the drive to buy the house for a museum. The city also relocated a portion of Thigpen's to this site. With the help of fans and volunteers, the museum opened June 5, 1993. A park was created at the rear of the house for festivals. The house is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Year Placed2006
Placed ByThe Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 9:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 524481 N 3500514
Decimal Degrees31.63956667, -86.74181667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 38.374', W 86° 44.509'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 38' 22.44" N, 86° 44' 30.54" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Rose St, Georgiana AL 36033, US
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