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Thanksgiving recipes of today differ greatly from the first celebration

Thanksgiving recipes of today differ greatly from the first celebration

Tradition holds that our national holiday of Thanksgiving actually stems from the feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest. It is said that this feast lasted about three days. No one is actually sure whether the Wampanoag Indians and the settlers regularly sat together […]

19th century artist left his mark at Daniel Pratt Cemetery in Prattville

19th century artist left his mark at Daniel Pratt Cemetery in Prattville

Jarvis Turner, born in Birmingham, England on August 14, 1814, was an early marble carver who sculpted hundreds of extraordinary tombstones throughout Alabama’s black belt region as well as in areas along the upper Tombigbee River. Turner made his life in Mobile beginning in 1836, and operated a successful monument business until 1871 when he […]

“Interview” with Daniel Pratt

“Interview” with Daniel Pratt

The date is July 20, 1870 and Daniel Pratt is 71 years old on this day. The location is 147 South Court Street, the site of Prattville’s first courthouse: Q: We are so honored to interview Alabama’s First Industrialist. I’d like to thank you, Mr. Pratt, for taking the time to be with us today. […]

Civil Rights Memorial reflects struggle worthy of dignity

Civil Rights Memorial reflects struggle worthy of dignity

Montgomery – The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery holds the distinction of being the only monument honoring the forty men, women, and children who died in the Civil Rights Movement between the years of 1954 and 1968. Created by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer, artist, and architect Maya Lin, the black granite memorial is located across […]

Historic shotgun houses preserved

Historic shotgun houses preserved

Prattville – Nestled in an area between Prattville City Hall and the Autauga County Courthouse are the last authentic shotgun-style houses in the city. Most of these type of houses usually were no more than twelve feet wide, with doors at each end, and normally consisted of three to five rooms in a row with […]

History of the Wetumpka Coosa River bridges

History of the Wetumpka Coosa River bridges

Wetumpka – When you think of Wetumpka landmarks, the bridge over the Coosa River immediately comes to mind as the one that is used more often to depict the city. Even film director Tim Burton noticed its extraordinary theatrical appeal as he filmed Ewan McGregor and Matthew McCrory walking over the structure to head for […]

Group of buildings helps to keep history alive

Group of buildings helps to keep history alive

Prattville – Daniel Pratt’s own 19th-century home was town down in 1965, much to the dismay of the community. That, perhaps, served as a wake-up call to the citizens that the rest of Prattville history should be preserved whenever possible. To that end, Old Pratt Village was opened in 1982. It consists of a cluster […]

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