Wednesday, August 7, 2019

More good news from Estes Field

The Cherokee County Board of Education held their regular meeting on Tuesday evening. The board granted approval to Superintendent Mitchell Guice to enter into an agreement with the Historical Preservation Society of Cherokee County for the purposes of raising funds through grants and other funding sources to renovate and or make improvements to Estes Field.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Chattooga River historical marker

Made a small lap around the World's Longest Yardsale yesterday and decided to get a little history in as well. Stopped at a cemetery to see some ancestors in Dogtown and found this marker in Gaylesville! Woo hoo! Another one found!

Chattooga River Marker

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Next meeting of HPS scheduled for August 29, 2019 at 6pm

Mr. Paul McDonald will present the program on former Sheriffs of Cherokee County.

Brief History of the Sheriff's Office

There have been a total of 37 sheriffs to serve Cherokee County since it was established in 1836. Some were fathers and sons and possibly grandsons.

Some served multiple terms, some only one. The first sheriff, Moses H. Hughes, was appointed in 1838. It is not known if there were any deputies at that time.

One of the longest serving and most famous sheriffs of Alabama was C.M. (Mac) Garrett. Garrett's service from 1943-1983 was only interrupted by the service of Rusty Leath from 1955-1963. Garrett was followed by the single terms of Jack Smith and Jack Estes, who was the first of two former Alabama State Troopers to be elected sheriff in the county.

Roy Wynn was elected to three consecutive terms before retiring in 2003 and was succeeded by the term of Larry Wilson, who previously served as Wynn's chief deputy. The current sheriff, Jeff Shaver, was elected in 2006 and is the second former Alabama State Trooper to hold the office.

If anyone has any historical information or photographs of any of the former Sheriffs, please contact Bo Jolly at 256-927-3365 to provide our office with this information.

Estes Field now recognized as Alabama Historical Site!

On Friday, July 26th, 2019, the Historical Preservation Society of Cherokee County Alabama proudly announced that Estes Field (next to the old Middle School/High School) was now on the Alabama State register of Historic Sites!

Estes Field, the old rock wall across from Centre City Hall. The Historical Preservation Society will work on the clean up and placement of a marker.

Left-right: Bess Yarbrough - Centre City Council, Brett Keasler, John Holbrook, Seth Neyman, JoeBob Ray, Mitchell Guice -Superintendent Cherokee County Board of Education, Rebecca Homan president of HPS, Wes Neyman, and Jim Lewis.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Locating Cherokee County's historical markers

Lately, we have been trying to seek out and photograph all of Cherokee County's historical signs and markers.

This is one of the latest one's that we have photographed and added to the Historical Marker Database  If you know the whereabouts of a historical marker, please let us know.

Cherokee County's Paul Revere Marker image. Click for full size.

We have also added the sign for Hatcher School.

Hatcher School Marker image. Click for full size.

This older sign was MIA for a bit, but now proudly hangs on the Museum's wall facing the Courthouse.

Cherokee County Marker image. Click for full size.
Carmel Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.

Ladiga Calvalry Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.