Athens-Limestone Public Library

Athens-Limestone Public Library

Homegrown History

Discover Athens, Alabama and Limestone County from one who has studied it and one who has lived it. Rebekah Davis, Limestone County archivist, and Limestone County native, Richard Martin, recount stories and bring in special guests to talk about the rich history of Limestone County, Alabama.

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Episode 1: Limestone County History Introduction

Meet Rebekah Davis, Limestone County Alabama archivist, and long-time Athens, AL native, Richard Martin, as they talk about the unique history of Limestone County, Alabama. Rebekah and Richard talk about their personal connection to Limestone County and touch on topics they will be featuring on future episodes of Homegrown History.

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Episode 2: Trail of Tears with David Walker and Ronnie Cornelison

Discover the history of the Trail of Tears with Rebekah Davis, Limestone County archivist, and Athens, Alabama native, Richard Martin. Their guests are David Walker and Ronnie Cornelison, local experts who have studied Native Americans and the early roads they walked from Alabama to Oklahoma after the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Find out how these roads were uncovered using map layering technology and where you can go to follow the Trail of Tears.

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Episode 3: Early Limestone County (Part 1) with Dr. Harry Joiner

Rebekah Davis and Richard Martin talk to special guest, Dr. Harry Joiner. A historian and author of early Alabama history, Dr. Joiner tells where dinosaurs roamed in North Alabama, how the valleys were carved from mountains and rivers, and why the mussels of the Muscle Shoals were an important food source for early cave dwellers.. He also talks about early Native Americans and where to see ancient Indian mounds today.

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Episode 4: Early Limestone County (Part 2) with Dr. Harry Joiner

Dr. Harry Joiner continues his talk with Richard and Rebekah on the early days of Limestone County, Alabama. Find out how Alabama went from unsettled territory to statehood, where its boundaries were carved, and why it almost became part of Mississippi. Dr. Joiner also talks about the the origin and cost of 192 acres that is now Athens, Alabama.

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Episode 5: Limestone County Wild and ‘Wooley’ Days (1818 – 1850’s)

Rebekah and Richard recount the lively early days of the Athens Square with bear fights, horse races and a jail housing pet panthers! They discuss the significance of Cottonport as a transportation hub and Wooley Springs as an early recreation and wellness resort. In telling the story of the first railroad in Limestone County, they talk about its founders and importance for early residents.

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Episode 6: Tornadoes in Dixie Alley with Kelly Kazek

April 27, 2011. 62 tornadoes struck Alabama, 7 hit Limestone County. Richard and Rebekah talk to Kelly Kazek, a local author who witnessed this tornado and has interviewed survivors of some of Alabama’s most devastating tornadoes. From families and homes upended to survivors left for dead, their stories range from heartbreaking to inspirational.

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Episode 7: Telling Tales with Doug Wells

Rebekah and Richard talk with Limestone County native and storyteller, Doug Wells. Laugh out loud as Doug and Richard recount growing up, going to town, and getting in trouble as young boys in 1940’s Limestone County. They talk about standing room only Saturday nights on the Athens Square and paint a lively picture of life in a bygone era.

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Episode 8: Homegrown HAUNTED History

Homegrown HAUNTED History – a special Halloween ghostly episode with Rebekah, Richard, and local author Shane Black. Haunted halls, glowing balls, and noises in the night with special appearances by Charles Sarver, George Houston, and Mary….Listen if you dare……

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Episode 9: More…Telling Tales with Doug Wells

Once again, Rebekah and Richard talk with Limestone County native and storyteller, Doug Wells. City boy (Richard) and farm boy (Doug) compare notes and remember their Athens teenage years. Listen to their stories about football rivalries, courting, and fun at the county fair while coming of age in Limestone County, Alabama in the 1950’s.

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