*ACPA County Coordinator
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Winston County, AL
Wilcox County is in need of a volunteer ACPA County Representative. An ACPA County Rep must live within Wilcox County and respond to queries and concerns about cemeteries within the county. If you are interested in preserving Wilcox County's cemetery heritage and enjoy interacting with people and recording cemeteries, then you are an ideal candidate to be the next ACPA Representative for Wilcox County.------------------------------- The cemeteries in Winston County range from one grave cemeteries to huge memorial gardens. These smaller ones are usually on private property back into the woods. This means that there could be trees growing or laying in them, and it is our responsibility to make sure they are preserved. Please help by adopting a cemetery today!
The area now known as Winston was part of Marion and Blount Counties until 1824, when it was changed to Walker County. By 1850, Hancock County was made from the northern portion of Walker, and in 1858, the name was changed to Winston to honor the first Alabama-born governor John Anthony Winston. In 1877, the east portion of the county became part of Cullman. Winston County gained notoriety during the Civil War at a meeting at Looney's Tavern where supposedly Winston was declared the "Free State of Winston" with plans to secede from the state though it never did. The first county seat was Houston; in 1883, it was moved to Double Springs, which is still the county seat. The courthouse burned at Houston on 2/23/1868; it burned again in Double Springs on 8/5/1891. Another one was rebuilt, and it still stands today.
Winston features many unique cemeteries. For instance, at the Dodd Graveyard near Glen Mary, there are two Civil War brothers buried side by side, and one was for the Union and the other for the Confederacy during the war. Also, Pat Buttram, better known as Gene Autry's side-kick and Mr. Haney on Green Acres, is buried at Maxwell Chapel Cemetery near Pebble. Several Revolutionary War and War of 1812 soldiers are buried within Winston's boundaries, several of them fighting in both wars. The Old Lovett Cemetery is (with the exception of any Native American graves) quite possibly the oldest cemetery in Winston County. Henry H. Lovett was born on December 26, 1833 and died December 3, 1834; he rests here.
County Restoration Projects