Exploring Our Places
Alabama launched a three-year celebration that honors its 200th birthday. The theme of 2017 was “Exploring Our Places.” Below, you will see what we have learned about some of the historic places in Marshall County.
Arab Farmer’s Exchange
Located in downtown Arab stands a building full of historic charm known as the Arab Farmers Exchange. The Farmers Exchange is one of the oldest businesses in Arab. Built by Bill Harrison in 1933, the Farmers Exchange provided farmers a place where they could swap what they had for what they needed. Today, the Farmers Exchange is operating as the Flower Exchange, a local nursery, they also have a wide selection of home décor and gifts. The Flower Exchange is operating in the original building from 1933.
Address: 31 N Main St, Arab, AL 35016
Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday 9:00AM- 5:00PM
Phone Number: 256-586-5455
Ruth Boyd homestead, Arab
The Boyd Homestead, a farmhouse built in 1890, complete with a smokehouse and an outside toilet, was donated by Lola Boyd. A retired school teacher, Mrs. Boyd was born and lived all of her 99 years in the house. Part of the Arab Historic Village, the home is one of eight buildings restored by the Arab Historic Society as a tribute to the pioneering people of the area.
Address: 224 City Park Dr SE, Arab, AL 35016
Tour Times: The buildings are open March-October on Thursdays & Fridays of each week from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. If you are visiting Arab at other times and would like to visit the Village, you may call 256-586-6397 or 256-550-0290.
First high school, Arab
In the early 1900s, students from Arab traveled by buggy to Guntersville and then by train to Albertville to attend Albertville High School. Because of the difficult journey, students were often away from home for months. Local townspeople, determined to provide a more accessible education opportunity, mortgaged their homes to raise money and spent many long hours cutting and hauling logs to saw mills and planers to complete the inside. Students staged plays and talent shows to help pay debts and the building was finally completed on land originally owned by Arab founder, Stephen Tuttle Thompson.
Address: At the intersection of 4th Avenue NW and 1st Street NW, Arab, Alabama
Tour times: The First High School is accessible from the road and makes great photo opportunities.
Old red mill/double bridges, Albertville
The exact age of the mill is not known but has been a landmark in the community for several generations. Located at the convergence of Scarham and Whipperwill Creeks, the area has supported at least two stores through the years…one owned by I.E. Powell in the 1940s and the other by previous owner of the property, L.G. Belue, in the 1960s and 1970s. The mill building has not been used for as long as many locals can remember.
Address: Turn left onto Broad St, go less than one mile and angle left onto Martling Road. Go four miles and Old Red Mill will be on your left side.
Tour Times: Old Red Mill is accessible from the road and makes great photo opportunities.
Hogan Jackson home, Albertville
Now owned by the Jones family, the Hogan Jackson home was built about 1937 and has had only two other owners: Hogan Jackson and his son Wilkins. Hogan moved to Albertville in 1904 and established the Bank of Albertville, known later as the Albertville National Bank. He set up trusts benefitting many churches, charities and institutions that continue to benefit from his generosity. Actress Kate Jackson of Charlie’s Angels fame is Hogan Jackson’s granddaughter. Currently, the Hogan Jackson home is a private residence.
Address: 413 East Main Street, Albertville AL 35950
Tour Times: The Hogan Jackson home is a private residence, tours are not available.
Albertville train depot
The Albertville Depot is one of Marshall County's older transportation landmarks and is the oldest building in a town which was leveled by a tornado in 1908. A series of disasters, which included two fires in 1905 and a tornado in 1908, left the depot as the only surviving business structure of the 1890's. The Albertville train depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Address: 221 East Main Street, Albertville AL 35950
Tour Times: The train depot is accessible from the road and makes great photo opportunities.
Old Post Office, Albertville
In 1930, the citizens of Albertville were notified that they would be getting a new post office building. The site chosen for the new post office was 107 West Main Street. By late fall 1931, site preparation begun, and by the first of the year construction was well on its way. This facility would serve as Albertville’s Post Office until 1984. Construction began in 1982 on a new facility, situated at the corner of Hambrick Street and Alabama Ave. In 1984 the new post office was opened, and the old location became the home of the Albertville City School Board.
Address: 107 W Main St, Albertville, AL 35950
Tour Times: The Old Post Office is accessible from the road and makes great photo opportunities.
The Lumpkin House, Albertville
The Lumpkin House located at 699 Carlisle Street in Albertville was originally the home of John Berry Hay and Mattie Wakefield Lumpkin. The house is located on their farm and was built in 1950. The Lumpkin House remained in the Lumpkin Family until sold a few years ago and presently houses an event business. The beautiful home is frequently used as a back drop for pictures.
Address: 699 N Carlisle St, Albertville, AL 35951
Tour Times: The Lumpkin House is accessible from the road and makes great photo opportunities.
McCollum/Brindley House, Albertville
The McCollum/Brindley House was built in approximately 1900. It was one of many houses that sustained damage in the cyclone of 1908, when a porch off the bedroom was destroyed. Currently, the McCollum/Brindley house is a private residence.
Tour Times: Tours aren’t available; The McCollum/Brindley home is a private residence.
Chrome Fire Hydrant, Albertville Chamber Of Commerce
Outside the Albertville Chamber of Commerce stands a salute to Albertville's legacy as the "fire hydrant capital of the world," in 1991 a polished chrome hydrant was placed on a pedestal of marble there to celebrate the Mueller Co. producing its one-millionth hydrant.
Address: 316 Sand Mountain Drive, Albertville, AL 35950
Tour Times: The Chrome Fire Hydrant is accessible from the road and makes great photo opportunities.
Christ Episcopal Church, Albertville
Located on east Main Street, this 129-year-old building was originally located in Piedmont, Alabama. The Christ Episcopal Church family traces its origins to Guntersville Episcopal Church, who served as the sponsor church. The Church had set vacant for forty years before relocating to Albertville. Christ Episcopal Church was moved to its present location in the seventies.
Address: 607 East Main Street, Albertville, AL 35950
Phone Number: 256-878-3243
Saunders Hotel, Albertville
On August 19, 1932, the Saunders Hotel held its grand opening. The Saunders Hotel had incorporated some of the most modern concepts of hotel design of that day. This was a phenomenal feat when one remembers that this took place during the days of the Great Depression. The 30-room structure was built to replace the original Saunders Hotel, which had caught fire in 1930.
Pre-Civil War Cemetery, Albertville
Located on West Main Street, lies the final resting place of the majority of the towns forefathers. During the mid 1800’s, the site was occupied by the Jones Chapel Methodist Church, the forerunner of today’s First Methodist Church. Some of the towns ancestors buried in the cemetery are the Town’s namesake, Thomas A Albert, First Mayor W.M. “Bob” Coleman, and members of the Walker, Clemons, and Hall Families.
Address: AL Hwy. 205, W. Main St. Albertville, AL 35950
Tour Times: Open dawn-dusk; call for museum tour schedule
Phone Number: 256-878-0605