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Heritage Park - Rogersville, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 34° 49.545 W 087° 17.687
16S E 473043 N 3853759
Quick Description: The Heritage Park Historical Marker summarizes the history of Rogersville, AL.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/6/2013 8:27:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ7DZ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 2

Long Description:
The Heritage Park Historical Marker is a standard Alabama Tourism Department metal marker with the Alabama Great Seal at the top. It is located in Heritage Park in Rogersville, AL one block north of US Hwy 72. The marker was placed by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Rogersville.
Marker Name: Heritage Park

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Marker text: The settlement of what is now eastern Lauderdale County (known as "Over Elk)" by non-Native Americans commenced by 1807. Federal land sales were held in Huntsville during the spring of 1818. Although much of the land was described as a "howling wilderness," there was a rush to buy. Records of these sales show purchasers were Samuel Burney, Andrew Rodgers, Archibald Fuqua and dozens more. Andrew Rodgers bought 79 acres in what became the downtown business district and as a trading center, the village became known as Rogersville. Businesses were set up at this site because of the three thoroughfares that intersected. One followed an old Indian trail which extended from what is now Florence to present-day Huntsville. This became U.S. Highway 72. Another led to a shallow ford across Elk River. This road is now called Snake Road. The third was between Giles County, Tennessee and the Tennessee River. It was the route known today as Lamb's Ferry Road. Heritage Park was built at the SW corner of this intersection. Worship services by non-native settlers were recorded to have been first held at a brush arbor one half miles to the west, at the site now known as Liberty Cemetery, during 1818. By 1828, Rogersville had numerous general merchandise stores, blacksmith shops, saddle and harness makers, a stagecoach inn/tavern and more. During the 1900s, the U.S. Post Office dropped the "d" in the name, changing Rodgersville to Rogersville. Researchers have not been able to determine why this was done. It is apparent to see that the earlier settlers "could not have selected a more correct spot had they been able to rise above the thickly wooded acres and view the beautiful Elk River joining the mighty Tennessee and meandering toward its northern union with the Ohio." 2008 marked the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Rogersville as a municipality, but the city's history dates back to ancient times, when Native people and their prehistoric ancestors thrived in the region due to its rivers, creeks and abundant wildlife.

Date Dedicated / Placed: June 2010

Marker Number: None

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