The Society placed many historic markers across the county including 44 in 1962 alone and others in later years. Many are still standing today.
Marker placed by the Society in the mid-1970's, Fall 2009.
For 15 years, the Society sought to purchase and create a war memorial park at Cornwall Furnace. They got the site listed on the National Register of Historic places on September 27, 1972. On September 25, 1975, the Cherokee County Commission was able to purchase the site with the assistance of the Alabama Historic Commission and the Society. A ceremony was held to dedicate the park on April 24, 1977. For more about the history of Cornwall and the Society's effort to preserve the site, visit our Cornwall Furnace page.
Cherokee County Heritage
This was the Society's quarterly that was published from 1972-1978. It contained stories about the county's history, landmarks, and genealogy. Even though it was only published for a short time, it is still a great resource and interesting read for those interested in history.
Cherokee Rock Village
Just as with Cornwall Furnace, the society pushed for years to get the Cherokee Rock Village turned into a public park. Society President, Col. Robert N. Mann, was authorized by the Cherokee County Commission to begin negotiations with Georgia Kraft to acquire the site in December, 1973. The negotiations led to the eventual purchase of 200 acres by The Nature Conservancy in April, 1977. The land would be used as a public park. This accomplished the Society's goal of the site being preserved as a public access area. For more information about Cherokee Rock Village and the Society's efforts, visit our Cherokee Rock Village page.
Cherokee Rock Village, Fall 2004. Photograph by Aja Bach.
Cherokee County Historical Museum
The Society founded the museum.
Many of the markers placed by the Society in the 1960's and 1970's are now either missing or in a deteriorated state. It is time to began replacement of the current markers and consider marking of additional historic sites. The current marker we are working on is for the Round Mountain Furnace site. It should be installed by Fall 2011.
Just like the many historic buildings and sites around our county are resources, so are our people. Each time a citizens citizen passes away, we lose the opportunity to preserve the memories of their experiences. We record the experiences of speakers such as the World War II veterans at our July, 2010 meeting.
The individuals and organizations in our community that work to promote and preserve the history of our county deserve recognition. Annual awards presented by the Society are a good way to bring attention to them.
Historic Site and Building Preservation
The Society works to raise awareness of our local landmarks as well push for preservation of historic buildings and sites. We also work to get more local sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We recently got the Major Daniel Chisholm Daniel House listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Civil War Trail
We are working on a Civil War trail brochure featuring several sites across the county.
We also have other interesting projects and initiatives.