The Block House/River Port - Fort - Ferry

The Block House/River Port - Fort - Ferry (HM182R)

Location: Newton, AL 36352 Dale County
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N 31° 20.993', W 85° 33.263'

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The Block House

The first public structure in what later became Dale County was erected one mile east of this marker at the confluence of the East and West Choctawhatchee Rivers. Called the Block House, it was built of logs by a contingent of Jackson's Army in 1814. This post was not fortified, it provided shelter for militia and settlers driven into it by fear of Indians. The site of a ferry across the river, it was occupied as a store and was designated a Post Office from 1833 to 1841. First postmaster was John Whitehurst.

River Port - Fort - Ferry
The Block House was the center of a settlement which included Thomas Obadiah Dick, ferry operator, and John Beverett who purchased the site in 1836. In 1823 this area was surveyed by Robert D. Harris of the Spatz Land Office, Headquarters of the Conecuh Land District. In 1824 Elisha Matthews taught school in the home of William Mills for which he was paid $10.00 per month and board. In 1827 Seaborn Ledbetter, local merchant, launched a "pole" boat named the "Choctawhatchee Hornet". Nearby John Huccaby operated the first grist mill.
HM NumberHM182R
Year Placed1979
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and the Dale County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 637507 N 3469281
Decimal Degrees31.34988333, -85.55438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 20.993', W 85° 33.263'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 20' 59.58" N, 85° 33' 15.78" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 Russ & Lana Dr, Newton AL 36352, US
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