Leighton…Did You Know?

By  | August 9, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

NOTE:  Alabama celebrates her bicentennial this year.  QCDNews presents Interesting Facts about some of North Alabama’s cities.

The first settlers in what is now Leighton arrived as early as 1813. The community’s first name was Crossroads, for its location at the intersection of one road that ran from the Tennessee River to Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, and another that connected Huntsville, Madison County, to Tuscumbia, Colbert County. The first business at the intersection was a tavern.

The name was changed to Leighton for Rev. William Leigh, a minister and entrepreneur who also served as the first postmaster in 1824. In 1826, the town’s population expanded dramatically after 20 families from North Carolina settled there. In 1830, the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded the all-male LaGrange College in the Leighton community of LaGrange; the college operated until it was burned by Union troops during the Civil War.

The John Johnson House, the Old Brick Presbyterian Church, Preuit Oaks, and the LaGrange Rock Shelter are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.    LaGrange Cemetery, and the LaGrange College Site (now part of the LaGrange College Site Park living-history center) are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Historic Places as well.

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