Alabama is home to the oldest baseball stadium in the United States. Rickwood Field, located in Birmingham, was built in 1910 and is still in use today.
Macon County, Alabama has a rich and diverse history that spans over centuries. The area was originally inhabited by the Creek Native American tribe, who lived off the land and established a flourishing agricultural community. In the early 19th century, European settlers arrived in the region, leading to conflicts and the eventual displacement of the Creek people during the Creek War of 1813-1814.

By 1832, Macon County was officially established and named after Nathaniel Macon, a prominent North Carolina statesman. The county quickly became a prominent center for the cotton industry, as the area's fertile soils and favorable climate made it ideal for growing the crop. The cotton boom brought great wealth and prosperity to Macon County, leading to the construction of elegant antebellum mansions and the establishment of new towns such as Tuskegee.

During the Civil War, Macon County played a significant role as it was situated along key transportation routes and supplied troops, weapons, and provisions to the Confederate Army. The county also witnessed numerous clashes and battles, including the Battle of Tuskegee in 1865. However, in the aftermath of the war, Macon County, like many other parts of the South, struggled with the devastating effects of Reconstruction, including economic decline and social upheaval.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Macon County became a focal point for African American progress and education. Booker T. Washington founded the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1881, an historically black college that played a crucial role in promoting education and self-sufficiency for African Americans. The institute attracted prominent African American educators, scientists, and civil rights advocates, and the legacy of their work continues to influence the county today. Macon County is now known for its historic sites, educational institutions, and diverse cultural heritage, serving as a reminder of its vibrant past.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Macon County, Alabama.

  • 1832 - Macon County was established on December 18, 1832, as a territorial county in Alabama.
  • 1835 - Tuskegee was chosen as the county seat.
  • 1865 - The Civil War ended with Macon County being heavily impacted by the war.
  • 1920 - Tuskegee Institute was established by Booker T. Washington.
  • 1932 - The Tuskegee Airmen were formed at Tuskegee Institute.
  • 1965 - Macon County played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement with the Selma to Montgomery marches.
  • 2003 - The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was established to honor the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen.