Tuscumbia Historic District

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Tuscumbia Historic District


Colbert County, Alabama; Tuscumbia, Alabama; Tuscumbia Historic District; Architecture; National Register of Historic Places; Historic American Buildings Survey


The Tuscumbia Historic District encompasses a substantial portion of the city's 1817 street plan, including Spring Park, the North Commons, and the entirety of the Colbert County Courthouse Square Historic District, which is itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The district and the city have served as the seat of Colbert County governance since the county's creation in February 1867 (excluding the two-year period between November 1867 and December 1869 when the county was abolished by the State Constitutional Convention). Significant political figures associated with the district include Scottish-born Alabama governor Robert Burns Lindsay and U.S. representative Edward B. Almon, the latter known for his role in establishing the Federal Highway System and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

In all, 461 of the district's 639 properties contribute to its historic character and significance. These include several examples of Tidewater cottages dating from the 1820s and 1830s, along with homes built in the Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Tudor and Bungalow styles. Most of the district's commercial properties, meanwhile, reflect architectural trends of the late Victorian period, with the Palace Drugstore being a particularly noteworthy example.


Brian Corrigan, University of North Alabama


National Register of Historic Places, Tuscumbia Historic District, Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, National Register #85001158.

Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS AL-360, http://loc.gov/pictures/item/al0087 (accessed November 12, 2015).


Alabama Cultural Resource Survey


November 12, 2015


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