Hidden History of Chilton County, Alabama

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Chilton County is the Peach Capital of Alabama, a distinction that has influenced the customs and time-honored traditions of its people for more than 150 years. Established during the turbulent aftermath of the Civil War, the county couldn’t help but acquire a unique and fascinating history. Home to the first hydroelectric project in the state, a secretive prisoner of war camp during World War II and the site of a tragic aviation disaster involving the renowned Blackwood Brothers Gospel Quartet, Chilton County serves as something of a magnet for the unexpected. From the peach orchards to the world headquarters of the International Possum Growers and Breeders Association, author Billy J. Singleton provides a captivating journey into the history and heritage of a rural Alabama community.
ISBN: 9781467152174
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Alabama
Series: Hidden History
Images: 65
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A resident of Clanton, Billy J. Singleton is the author of five books and has written extensively on the history of Chilton County and the state of Alabama. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University and a Master of Aerospace Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has served as chair of the board of directors of the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame and the Southern Museum of Flight, president of the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce and member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. As a newspaper columnist, he has traveled the back roads of Chilton County to uncover unique and unusual stories relating to long-forgotten people, places and events hidden within the chapters of local history.
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