Historical Markers in
Madison County, Alabama

1959-1975/Vietnam War/Vietnam War Affair at Madison Station / Affair at Indian Creek Ford Ala. Red-Bellied Turtle Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University / Alabama A&M University former names Alabama’s Constitution And Statehood Andrew Jackson Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin Barbary Coast Wars Bessie Bethel Cemetery Birthplace of General Morgan Buckhorn Tavern / Buckhorn Tavern Skirmish Buffalo Soldiers Burritt Museum C.B. "Bill" Miller Bridge Calhoun House Camp Beaty Brahan Spring Park Camp Monte Sano Central High School/Central Junior High School Central Presbyterian Church Cernan • Evans • Schmitt Church Street Community City of Madison Civil War Civilian Conservation Corps Cold War-Global 1945-/ Cold War-Germany 1945-1990 Commitment/Oath, Creed, And Code of Conduct Confederate Monument Conrad • Gordon • Bean Constitution Hall Councill Training School Dallas (Optimist) Park / (Dallas) Optimist Park Dallas Mills and Village / Rison School Early Settlers Cemetery Erected in 1835 ETO 1939-1945/PTO 1941-1945 External Tank Fifth Avenue School First Bank In Alabama First Baptist Church Huntsville, Alabama First Presbyterian Church Five Points Historic District Flint River Primitive Baptist Church Ford's Chapel United Methodist Church Formation of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center Fort Deposit Trail Glenwood Cemetery Global War on Terrorism Goldsmith-Schiffman Field Grissom • White • Chaffee Gulf War-1991/War on Terrorism Harris Hill Cemetery Harrison Brothers Hardware Hayden Cemetery Helion Lodge No. 1 Hermes Guided Missile Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano History at Its Source Hotel Monte Sano Howard Weeden Home Huntsville Huntsville Female Seminary Huntsville Utilites Special Awards Huntsville's First Black Women Voters Huntsville's Pioneer Suffragists I am an American Warrior Initial Survey Point James Henry Bibb John C. Grayson Family Cemetery John Hunt John Williams Walker (1783-1823) Korean War Korean War / Cold War-Korea 1953- Korean War/1950-1953 Late Indian Wars Lee Mansion Lincoln School and Village Lovell • Swigert • Haise Lowell M. Anderson Lowry House Madison Cemetery Madison County Madison County Poorhouse Farm Site and Cemetery Madison County Veterans Main Engines Major General H.N. Toftoy, USA. Making the Water Work Maple Hill Cemetery McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan Memorial Fountains Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village / Joseph J. Bradley School Methodism brought into area 1807 First United Methodist Church Monte Sano Elementary School Monte Sano Female Seminary Monte Sano Railway Mount Paran Campground and Cemetery Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church NASA / U.S. Geological Survey NASA Skylab New Hope Cemetery / Town of New Hope New Market Presbyterian Church Northern Terminus Indian Creek Canal Norwegian Light Beacon And Fog Bell Oak Place Oakwood College Oakwood College Old Limestone Road Skirmish Old Madison Cemetery Old Town Historic District Original Site of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Original Site of Enon Baptist Church Original Site of Lakeside United Methodist Church Passenger Depot Pathfinder Pathfinder Orbiter Pension Row Persian Gulf War Poplar Ridge School Randolph Street Church Of Christ Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Boyhood Home Site Revolutionary War Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church Saint Mary's Church of the Visitation Saturn V Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders Schrimsher Farm Scott • Worden • Irwin Seminole Wars / Mexican War Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell Shiloh United Methodist Church Site - Alabama’s First Constitutional Convention Site of Ditto's Landing and Town of Whitesburg Site of Green Academy Site of Huntsville Female College Site of Quick Airplane Site of the Huntsville Slave Cemetery Site The Huntsville Inn Slave Cemetery Spanish American War 1898/Philippine Insurrection 1899-1913 St. Joseph's Mission School Superconductivity Discovery T-38 Talon Tallulah Bankhead / I. Schiffman Building Temple B’nai Sholom Tennessee / Alabama The Big Spring The Big Spring of Today The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship The Chamber of Commerce Huntsville/Madison County The Church Of The Nativity, Episcopal The Columns The Jesup Wagon The Leroy Pope Mansion 1814 The Public Inn "The Roundhouse" The Spring Runs Its Course The Water's Journey to You Thomas Bibb House Thrasher Memorial Fountain Town of Gurley Town of New Market Trail of Tears Trail of Tears Triana, Alabama Trough Springs Twickenham Historic District Twickenham Historic District Twickenham Historic District U.S. Air Force SM-65 Atlas-F U.S. Army PGM-11 Redstone U.S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter U.S. Army/NASA Juno II Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden Veterans Memorial Time Capsule Vienna (New Hope) Vietnam War Votes for Women Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church War of 1812 Where Alabama Entered the Union Where Does the Spring Water Go? Whitaker Cemetery White Hall "Wildwood" William Hooper Councill William Hooper Councill High School Site World War I World War I (Great War)/1914 – 1918 World War II World War II - European Theater of Operations (ETO) World War II - Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) Young • Mattingly • Duke
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.
Madison County, Alabama has a rich and diverse history that spans centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Chickasaw and Cherokee. In the late 1700s, European settlers began to establish small communities in the region, attracted by the fertile land and abundant natural resources.

The county's history took a significant turn when Huntsville was chosen as the site for a new federal arsenal and military post in 1808. This decision, along with the subsequent establishment of the Redstone Arsenal in 1941, brought a wave of growth and development to the area. Huntsville and Madison County became vital centers for defense and aerospace industries, contributing to major technological advances and attracting thousands of skilled workers.

During the Civil War, Madison County found itself caught in the midst of a divided nation. The area witnessed several significant battles and skirmishes, including the Battle of First Manassas and the Battle of New Market. The county also served as a strategic transportation hub, with railroads and roads leading to key southern cities.

In more recent years, Madison County has experienced continued growth and prosperity. The county's economy diversified with the expansion of industries such as healthcare, education, and advanced manufacturing. Huntsville's NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Cummings Research Park have made Madison County a hub for cutting-edge research and development.

Today, Madison County is a vibrant and diverse community with a blend of historic charm and modern innovation. The county's rich history, natural beauty, and thriving industries make it a desirable place to live, work, and visit.

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

  • 1808 - Madison County was created by the Mississippi Territory.
  • 1811 - The town of Huntsville became the county seat.
  • 1819 - Alabama achieved statehood, and Madison County became part of it.
  • 1861-1865 - Madison County was deeply affected by the American Civil War.
  • 1883 - The city of Madison was incorporated.
  • 1950s - Redstone Arsenal, a major U.S. Army post, was established in the county.
  • 1960s - Huntsville experienced significant growth due to space-related developments, including the establishment of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
  • 1970s - Madison County experienced rapid population growth and urbanization.
  • 1996 - The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home to the Saturn V rocket, was designated as a National Historic Landmark.