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    The Joe Cowan Home

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 18, 2014

    The Joe Cowan house at 201 Coffee Street East is the second residence of Mr. Cowan in Talladega. Joe Cowan’s first wife died and he remarried Miss Millie Higgins, who owned this home behind the Leon G. Jones mansion on South Street. She was a aunt of George, Turner, and Leon Jones, Jr. This lovely home is part of the Silk Stocking District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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    Jemison- Rew House

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 18, 2014

    This Jemison-Rew Home at 317 Coffee Street East was built by Robert S. West, who lived next door in a one-story home. This house was commissioned by Mrs. Lou M. Jemison and was built for Mrs. Rew, who was a Jemison. In the 1880’s, Battle Street East was a leading residential section of Talladega. In 1885, two railroads built their tracks along Battle Street and the distinguished citizens built their fine homes along Coffee and South streets. This lovely home is part of the Silk Stocking District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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    Dr. Samuel Welch House Circa 1907

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 18, 2014

    Miss Willie’s House, also known as the Dr. Samuel Welch House, is a historic brick Queen Anne-style house in Talladega, Alabama, USA. It was built by Dr. Samuel W. Welch and his wife Ethel in 1907. Upon the deaths of Dr. Welch and his wife, the house passed to their daughter, Miss Willie Wallace Welch, who lived in the house until her death in 1997. The house is a contributing property to the "Silk Stocking District", a historic district designated in 1979 by the National Register of Historic Places in Talladega County
    The house was designed by renowned architect Frank Lockwood of Montgomery, Alabama, and built by contractor Robert S. West, of Talladega. This duo collaborated on many of Talladega's historic homes and buildings.[3] Dr. Welch served as the State Health Officer for Alabama and spent much of his career addressing health and medical issues across the State. He was also a Mason and an Odd Fellow.[4] Miss Willie Welch was a lifelong bachelorette, a local historian, and was employed by the Talladega Public Library for over 30 years
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    The Welch Home is one of only three solid brick houses in Talladega County - the walls being double-brick (8" thick). It features three bay windows and 17 Grecian columns along the wraparound porch. Although the house is a single-story house, the roof was built tall and steep in case the attic was ever converted to living space. The floor plan is divided by a wide central hallway with rooms on each side. The extra-wide hallway was built to accommodate a staircase at the rear for access to the attic. Two of the four interior fireplaces feature French enameled mantles.[3]
    At the time of construction, neither gas nor electric lines had been installed in the neighborhood so the house was both wired for electric lighting and piped for gas lighting. Electric lines reached the neighborhood first, so electric light fixtures were purchased for the house. The gas pipes and fittings can still be seen in each room today.

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    Silk Stocking District

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 18, 2014

    The Silk Stocking District is a historic district in the city of Talladega, Alabama, USA. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 13, 1979. Architectural styles include Queen Anne, Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, and other late Victorian types. The district covers 113 acres (46 ha) and contained 120 contributing properties when first listed

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    Historic Ritz Theatre

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 18, 2014
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    Sunday, March 9th, Tony and I was driving around and doing our URBAN Hiking in Talladega, Alabama. Everyone arrives in this old historical city for the big Nascar Races, but NOT ME...I wanted to see the buildings and the Victorian and Antibellum Homes. I didn't realize there were so many. I need to come back to this town and really spend a entire day here walking around.

    I did find the BEST EXAMPLE of ART DECO Theatre in area.
    The Historical Ritz Theatre is GORGEOUS !!!! I just wish it was in the evening so I could see the Marque all lite up. I would love to go into this one.

    Some brief history about the theatre:
    Talladega's Ritz Theatre (circa 1936) is considered one of the best surviving examples of the Art Deco mainstreet theatres of the 1930's. Careful restoration of the landmark's extraordinary facade - comprised exclusively of opaque structural glass, a common constructoin material used lavishly during the Deco period in buildings like the Rockerfeller Center in New York City - was completed in late 1997 with perfectly matched antique vitrolite.

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    Talladega College est 1876

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 18, 2014
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    Sunday, March 9th, Tony and I was driving back to Nashville from Birmingham and I chose a road route via Talladega so I could check out their historical buildings.

    I didn't know that there was this historical college here so I was very pleased and in awe of some of the gorgeous buildings that made up the campus of this old college.

    Even though there is Security Alert sign about 24 hr protection...No ONE stopped us. I enjoyed this college because of all the old buildings. When in the area, you should stop by and check it out.

    History:
    Talladega College, located in Talladega, Alabama, is a private, liberal arts college. It holds the distinction as Alabama's oldest private historically black college. As of 2009 the school received full SACS accreditation
    The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama. From this meeting came the commitment, "...We regard the education of our children and youth as vital to the preservation of our liberties, and true religion as the foundation of all real virtue, and shall use our utmost endeavors to promote these blessings in our common country."
    With this as their pledge, Savery and Tarrant, aided by General Wager Swayne of the Freedmen's Bureau, began in earnest to provide a school for the children of former slaves of the community. Their leadership resulted in the construction of a one-room school house using lumber salvaged from an abandoned carpenter's shop. The school overflowed with pupils from its opening and soon it was necessary to move into larger quarters.
    Meanwhile, the nearby Baptist Academy was about to be sold under mortgage default. This building had been built in 1852-53 with the help of slaves - including Savery and Tarrant. A speedy plea was sent to General Swayne for its purchase. General Swayne in turn persuaded the American Missionary Association to buy the building and some 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land for $23,000.
    The grateful parents renamed the building Swayne School and it opened in November 1867 with about 140 pupils. A building constructed before the war with slave labor for white students became the home of the state's first college dedicated to serving the educational needs of blacks. In 1869, Swayne School was issued a charter as Talladega College by the Judge of Probate of Talladega County.
    The former Baptists Academy building, now known as Swayne Hall, has remained in service as the symbol and spirit of the beginning of the college.

    Andrews Hall, built in 1910, houses the Music Department and the Education Department. It is named for George Whitfield Andrews, D.D., Dean of Theological Department from 1875 to 1908.
    Arthur D. Shores Hall, constructed in 1974, is named for the late Attorney Arthur D. Shores, Class of 1927, who served for many years as a member and chairman of the College Board of Trustees.
    De Forest Chapel, built in 1903 in commemoration of the life and service of the Rev. Henry Swift De Forest, D.D., President of the College from 1879 to 1896. DeForest Chapel was renovated in 1996 and rededicated November 1996. De Forest was the father of inventor Lee De Forest.
    Fanning Refectory, built in 1928 from a legacy of Dr. David H. Fanning of Worcester, Massachusetts. The building contains the student and faculty dining rooms.
    Juliette Derricotte House, built in 1940-41, was the gift of the Harkness Foundation and named for Juliette Derricotte, Class of 1918, who at the time of her death in 1932 was a member of the Board of Trustees. Formerly a staff residence and guest house, it was converted into a women's honors dormitory in 1988.
    Silsby Science Hall, constructed in 1926, was named for Dr. E. C. Silsby,[2] who was a member of the College faculty for 37 years. The building was a gift of the General Education Board and friends and alumni of the College. It contains the laboratories and classrooms for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

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  • Orchid Show and Sale

    by zygostates Written Mar 12, 2008

    For those that want to do something before or after the race that is only 30 minutes away

    The Northeast Alabama Orchid Society is pleased to announce its 2008 Orchid Show and Sale. This event is located in the lobby/auditorium of the Anniston Museum of Natural History.

    April 26- Sat- 10am-5pm, April 27-Sun- 1pm-5pm.

    Come see hundreds of orchids beautifully displayed, learn about orchids and get growing tips from the pros, and buy a plant from regional vendors to enjoy at home.

    Admission to the orchid show and parking are free. Admission to the museum exhibit halls is charged

    For more info., visit www.neaos.org or contact Glenn Bryant at 256-820-2789 or Lysdexic96@aol.com

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  • Drive Nascars at the Talladega Superspeedway

    by chuckiii33 Written Dec 23, 2007
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    Drive authentic Nextel Cup Nascar race cars at the Talladega Superspeedway. Reach speeds of 165 MPH+ while experiencing this once in a life time adventure. Packages range from 3 Lap Ride Alongs to 60+ Lap adrenaline pumping driving experiences.

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  • Soveiner trailers are very...

    by wildnet22 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Soveiner trailers are very good at Talladega bit can be a walk to certain grandtand areas. Must attend the Talladega Walk of Fame in city of Talladega south of track which they do every year. Greats like Earnhardt, Allison, and Petty are just some of inductees and it is a fun time family event and is free. Also, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame which is a great museum of cars and the history of Talladega Superspeedway as well as trophys and a driver area with a area with biographys of great champiins and some great NASCAR driver, hundreds of cars from old to new are there and its a must see for any race fan for the history and tradition of NASCAR and Talladega Superspeedway.

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