The Hidden History of Chilton County

The Hidden History of Chilton County
© 2022 Billy J. Singleton
144 pages

Forget Georgia peaches. The best to be had are in Chilton County, Alabama,  which has been so long proud of its peach orchards that the local water tower, visible from the interstate,   looks like a ripe peach ready to pluck.  The Hidden History of Chilton County uses  lesser-known excerpts from the county’s history to tell its story more generally: you will find no formal political chronicle here, no tables of changing demographic changes or economic production. Instead,  we are treated to little slices of interest, like the Battle of Ebneezer Church connected to Wilson’s Raid; to the creation of the first Peach Fest in Clanton (or as the locals call it, Clantern), to the still largely-unknown internment of German POWs in an old CCC camp;    of bridges to nowhere created by road routes shifting; and  why a field off of First Avenue is marked by three curious pillars.  This is obviously a bit of a niche history, of enormous interest to those who live in Chilton County or have a connection to it, but presumably of limited appeal outside of that despite its great readability. I have family connections here and a professional interest in the county (being a local history librarian), so I enjoyed it all around and learned a few things despite being fairly conversant with the of my county and its neighbors like Chilton. (For instance, the Big Peach is younger than me, and I’d never known about the German POW camp despite visiting another camp last year!) If you ever visit Chilton County, don’t miss Peach Park. Vanilla ice cream and blackberry cider are a delicious combination.

POW Reenactment at Aliceville, AL.

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4 Responses to The Hidden History of Chilton County

  1. Cyberkitten says:

    A book arrived today about the area of Liverpool I was born in – but covering the 40’s and 50’s. One thing that immediately jumped out at me was that the author went to the same Infants school as I did!! [lol] I think I’ll be scheduling that for a read pretty soon.

    BTW – (rather off topic) – I picked up some more Strugatsky brothers Soviet SF today from my fave Indie bookshop. They all look rather interesting – especially the last one!

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