Limestone Bay Trading Company

Mooresville, AL


Hours:


Tuesday - Friday 10:30 - 2:00 Lunch

Saturday, Nights & Weekends for private events only!

LIMESTONE COUNTY HISTORY

 

 

 

 

Limestone County is situated in Alabama, USA. It was created back in the year 1818 by an Act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly. Geographically, this small county is 1570 square kilometers and is located South of the Tennessee River, West of Madison County, East of Lauderdale County and North of Morgan and Lawrence counties. It was formed from the Land of Elk County and in 1821, the Lauderdale County land became part of Limestone County through an Act of the state’s General Assembly.

Why the name Limestone County? This small county is the third smallest in the state of Alabama at number 44. It got its name from the limestone creek, which is a local stream in the county and its bed is made of hard limestone. It is also a productive area in agriculture which is surrounded by scenic hills and waterways i.e. Elk River to the North and Tennessee River to the South.

Settlers started moving into this county way back in 1806 after the Cherokee Land Cession. This settlers were regarded as intruders and they began agriculture and building cabins and during the winter season of 1808 and 1809, they settled in the then Chickasaw and Cherokee territory. After many years of suffering and wrangles with the tribesmen and the U.S government determined to chase them out, those intruders living west of the Congressional Reservation Line were allowed to stay in 1816.

More settlers started flocking into the county and buying land which had been cleared and homes had been built. 10, 069 people had already settled in the now Limestone County by 1820 and the population continued to rise due to the high fertility of the area’s land which was suitable for growth of crops and most especially cotton. Currently the County’s demographic numbers stand at 82, 782 as of the 2010 census.

On May 1819, 3 members i.e. Beverly Hughes, Nicholas Davis and Thomas Bibb were elected to the state constitutional convection and in the same year, William Wyatt was crowned as Alabama’s Governor. The first commissioners of the county were Reuben Tillman, Samuel Hundley, Thomas Redus, Robert Pollock and Jeremiah Tucker who were also elected in the same year on November in service as the first county commissioners and in 1820, the first four county courthouses were erected.

Limestone County hosts several town with Athens being its county seat which was incorporated in the year 1818 on November the 18th. Other towns located in Limestone County are Ardmore, Cotton Port, Mooresville, Elkmont, Belle Mina and Bridgewater. This small agriculture productive county houses several attraction sites such as the Civil War Trail which is a 10.3 mile trail decorated with the history of the civil war and the people can go bike riding and take walks as they retrace back the steps of the civil war soldiers.

Other recreational sites include The Bayhill Village and Marina where the county citizens can enjoy spending their free time while boat riding, playing miniature golf, swimming and picnics. The Alabama Veteran’s Museum and Archives is another place of interest situated in Athens which honors veterans from the time of the civil to the present. Religious wise, there are several churches located in the county with the first churches established by the early settlers. They also valued education and in 1822 they established Athens Female Academy which is currently the Athens State University.

Limestone County hosts several events and festivals yearly ranging from music events, food festivals, and games amongst other fun activities. One of the major events in this small county is the Annual Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo which takes place every third weekend of May which dates back to 34 years ago when it was initiated and happens to be one of the largest Rodeo, East of Mississippi.

 
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