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A Positively Determined Past Resident

Submitted by: Christopher Phillips
Pictures submitted by current resident

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It’s no surprise that Decatur, Alabama, has many beautiful, historic homes.

What may surprise you is that Decatur is home to the largest concentration of Victorian-era craftsman and bungalow homes dating from the late 1880s and early 20th century.

In addition to being known for our two beautiful historic districts, we’re also known for the many opportunities to tour and experience the neighborhoods. Whether you prefer to kick off the holiday season with our historic Christmas tour or the spring season with the garden tour, there are multiple opportunities throughout the year to get close to these gorgeous homes and feel transported to the past.

People from every walk of life live in these districts, and no two neighbors are alike. Some were known to be reasonably determined, and when they made up their mind about something, that was that.

In the early 1900s, a resident of Albany felt strongly about what street her address would be on so strongly that she rearranged the exterior of her home to avoid a Sherman Street address. Because of her intense dislike for the general, she had her steps and mailbox moved to the side porch facing 8th Avenue instead.

Decatur is a peculiar place

(in the best way),

with many of these stories long forgotten over time. We’re glad someone decided to retell this gem and share it with all of you! Decatur is positively Historic and filled with culture, art, and determination.

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