On this day in Alabama history: Twickenham named Madison County seat

On this day in Alabama history: Twickenham named Madison County seat
Map of Mississippi and Alabama territories, c. 1817. (Francis Shallus, Library of Congress Geography and Map Division)

July 5, 1810

Then part of the Mississippi Territory, Madison County was established by territorial governor Robert Williams in 1808. With an influx of settlers, and land sales getting underway in earnest, it was necessary to establish a local home for government. The Twickenham community near Big Spring was selected on this day in 1810, but few were happy with the name. Less than 18 months later, the town was renamed for the original settler of the area, John Hunt. And it has remained Huntsville ever since.

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