Lowndesboro, Alabama facts for kids
The Will Stone Store, (Est. 1820) in Lowndesboro.
Location in Lowndes County and the state of Alabama
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|Elevation||404 ft (123 m)|
|• Density||175/sq mi (66.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
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Lowndesboro is a town in Lowndes County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 115, down from 140 in 2000. It is part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area. Although initially incorporated in 1856 by an act of the state legislature, it lapsed and was not reincorporated until 1962.
As of the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Censuses, Lowndesboro, along with Benton, are the only two towns (out of 7) in Lowndes County with a white majority of residents. Both are the 6th (Lowndesboro) and 7th (Benton) smallest communities.
Originally known as McGill's Hill, the community began attracting settlers following the conclusion of the Creek War. In 1832, the residents changed the name to Lowndesboro in honor of U.S. Congressman William Lowndes, the son of Rawlins Lowndes, an early South Carolina governor.
With its proximity to the Alabama River, the community had grown into a prosperous town by the 1830s. Many wealthy planters settled in the area, leaving a legacy of historic mid-19th-century architecture that largely survived intact into the modern era. A brief skirmish was fought at Lowndesboro in April 1865 between a group of Confederate cavalry and advance troops of the Union Army during Wilson's Raid. Federal troops occupied the town after driving off the Confederate force, with very little destruction noted from the occupation, thus preserving many of the antebellum houses and structures in the Lowndesboro Historic District.
Like many small Southern communities with an economy based on cotton production and trade, Lowndesboro declined rapidly in the post-war years. At least partially attributed to this decline was the survival of much of the pre-war architecture into the 20th century, making it a unique assemblage of 19th-century architecture. Today much of the town is included in the Lowndesboro Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dicksonia Plantation ruins are also a notable place of interest.
In 1966 a number of Lowndes County African-American families were evicted from their homes in retaliation for their participation in the movement. Twenty of these families set up a tent city outside of Lowndesboro rather than flee the area.
Lowndesboro is located at(32.273118, -86.609915).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.
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Lowndesboro (also known as Lowndesborough in the 19th century) appeared on the 1850 and 1880 U.S. Census records (and acknowledged in the 1890 records, but not separately returned). It did not appear again until 1970. In 1880, it was the largest town in the county with 472 residents, ahead of Fort Deposit (350) and White Hall (168), the only two other communities separately returned.
As of the census of 2000, there were 140 people, 58 households, and 40 families residing in the town. The population density was 176.0 people per square mile (67.6/km²). There were 62 housing units at an average density of 77.9 per square mile (29.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.43% White, 25.00% Black or African American, 1.43% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. 3.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The Marengo House was originally built in Autauga County in 1847 then disassembled, moved across the Alabama River, and reassembled in Lowndesboro in 1854. On March 1, 2011, Lowndesboro Town Hall moved to the ground floor of Marengo.
Lowndesboro Post Office (ZIP Code: 36752)
Meadowlawn was built in 1853. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property in the Lowndesboro Historic District on December 12, 1973.
The C.M.E. Church in Lowndesboro was built in 1833. The cupola on top is from Alabama's original state capitol building at Old Cahawba.
The Pillars is a Greek Revival antebellum plantation home that was built in 1857 by Archibald Tyson, a cotton planter from North Carolina.
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