Happy Birthday, Marshall County!
Posted on Friday, 11 January 2019.
This week we have a special birthday to celebrate. Our very own county turned 182 years young on January 9. Present-day Marshall County was created in 1836 by an act of the Alabama Legislature. The land was acquired in an 1835 treaty with the Cherokee and named in honor of Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall, who served during the time of the land purchase.
Marshall County is packed full of natural terrain, yet offers a multitude of cultural and historical sites as well. To celebrate Marshall County’s birthday, check out some of these sites to learn more about our rich history.
Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center
The Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center hosts exhibits year-round and is located in the old armory in the city’s cultural district. The museum’s permanent collection includes photos and artifacts from Guntersville’s earliest settlers to a Native American exhibit to local art.
Arab Historic Village and Park
The Arab Historical Village allows you to take a step back in time to experience what life was like from the late-eighteenth century through the 1940’s. This village includes 10 original structures including a one-room schoolhouse, a country store, a church and an old homestead.
The Albertville Pre-Civil War Cemetery
Albertville’s Pre-Civil War Cemetery preserves rows of historic headstones which have lengthy inscriptions and stories about the citizens who lived there.
Lake Guntersville State Park
Lake Guntersville State Park is nestled in over 6,000 acres of natural woodlands overlooking the 69,000-acre Guntersville reservoir and offers a variety of activities for families to enjoy, including camping, hiking and fishing.
Cathedral Caverns State Park
Cathedral Caverns State Park is located in the northern part of Marshall County. The entrance to the cave system is 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, making it the world's largest natural cave opening and is also home to Goliath, the world’s largest stalagmite.
Bucks Pocket State Park
Bucks Pocket State Park is located in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains and encompasses over 2,000 acres of natural beauty. The park offers stunning 360 degree views, hiking, camping and picnicking.
The Guntersville Dam
The Guntersville Dam made Guntersville the southernmost port of the Tennessee River navigation system in 1939. The completion of the dam allowed the shipping industry to flourish and created a number of recreational opportunities, including boating and fishing.