Thursday, August 5, 2010


The following information is courtesy of Cotton Country Cooking...

In 1820, President James Monroe ordered that a site be set aside near a great river and named for the War of 1812 hero, Commodore Stephen Decatur. Thus, Rhodes Ferry, nestled peacefully in a lush, green valley next to the mighty Tennessee River, became Decatur, Alabama.

Modeled after George Washington's inaugural site in New York, the Old State Bank Building is one of Decatur's earliest landmarks. Constructed in 1832, it survived the Civil War and served as a hospital and garrison for both Federal and Confederated troops.

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