Gourdsville / Gilbertsboro

Gourdsville / Gilbertsboro (HM2FY0)

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N 34° 59.364', W 87° 5.412'

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Gourdsville is the colorful place-name of one of the earliest settlements in Limestone County. It was little more than a camp of shanties established by intruders on the Chickasaw lands who were driven back to the Tennessee line by U.S. soldiers from Fort Hampton in 1809, 1810 and 1811. The story goes that one enterprising settler operated a still and sold corn liquor there served in gourds, there being no other containers for serving it In small quantities. The proprietor created a bar of long boards or smoothed logs supported by barrels for dispensing his liquor. The trails to and from Gourdsville were said to be so strewn with broken gourds that one could tell far in advance of his arrival that he was headed to the right place for a drink.


Revolutionary War patriot Caleb Gilbert (1748-1805) was the progenitor of the Gilbert family who would move from South Carolina to a farm in Limestone County near the site of Gourdsville. Caleb's son, Thomas Gilbert (1773-1835) and Thomas's sons Carey (1793-1865) and David (1796-1871), relocated their families to northwest Limestone County about 1828. The Gilberts farmed and lived in the settlement that came to be known as Gilbertsboro. David Gilbert, to whom Thomas Hobbs referred in his diary as "Major" because

of his service in the Alabama Militia, survive six wives to marry a seventh before his death in 1871. Sons George A. Gilbert (1839-1923), Dr. Van Gilbert and Thomas H. Gilbert all served in the Confederate Army. Descendants of this family were among the most prominent citizen of Athens and Limestone County.
HM NumberHM2FY0
Year Placed2016
Placed ByLimestone County Historical Society, Alabama Elk River Development Agency & Athens Limestone Tourism Council
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Date Added Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 491768 N 3871871
Decimal Degrees34.98940000, -87.09020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 59.364', W 87° 5.412'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 59' 21.84" N, 87° 5' 24.72" W
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