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Blake Drive, Double Springs, AL 35553
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RollTide315 wrote a review Aug 2015
Central Florida, Florida248 contributions88 helpful votes
Winston County Courthouse was built in 1894 of the local sand rock (which helped to fireproof the building, the jail, and the records maintained there). Done in classic revival style, it is an imposing landmark in the town's central square. Walking through the halls of the courthouse is a neat experience as you realize the history that has been witnessed by this building. In the square (just opposite the front of the building), there is a memorial honoring the history of Winston County in the Civil War. During the Civil War, Winston County--being an extremely rural with a population consisting heavily of local farmers--seceded from the State of Alabama. The county formed the "Free State of Winston" and refused to provide men or funds to the Confederacy for a war of which the locals did not consider themselves to be part. Of course, surrounding counties and the state raided the "Free State of Winston" mercilessly and attempted to conscript local men into Confederate units (and some succeeded). By the end of the war, the area had been decimated in the internecine fighting and had a difficult time rebuilding. The memorial is to the men who fought on both sides of the Civil War from the county. Also, the sand rock used to build the courthouse is apparently a local rock (I got an earful about how abundant it is locally) and it was used in the construction of several of the older buildings downtown. The courthouse and town square (the town bank is across the square from the courthouse) are definitely worth a stop and look around if you are in the area and like learning about local history. The people are ridiculously friendly as well--definitely southern hospitality. (If you want to know more about the courthouse, you can visit their website on facebook--https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winston-County-Courthouse/108611012497095).
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Date of experience: September 2014
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