Historic Markers Across Alabama

A County Older Than the State - Baldwin County

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: 312 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette, AL
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 52.977    W 087° 46.441
  30.88295    -87.77401666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNKZ0


Third oldest county in Alabama. Created in 1809 while still part of Mississippi Territory. Named for Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807), founder of the University of Georgia, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, member of Congress, 1789-1807. This county once lay west of the Tombigbee River; but, after series of boundary changes, it now lies east of the Mobile and Alabama Rivers. County seat at Bay Minette since 1901; earlier seats at McIntosh Bluff, Blakely, and Daphne. It has long been a center of conflicting claims: by Spain, France, and England; by royal governors of Florida, Louisiana, Carolina, Georgia, and West Florida until the Mississippi Territory formed in 1798 and from it, the Alabama Territory in 1817. In struggle for control of the Southeast, many armies have camped in this area: 1528-Narvez, Spanish conquistador 1588-DeLuna, Spanish colonizer 1719-Bienville, French colonizer 1780-Galvez, Spanish conqueror 1813-Red Eagle, Indian revolter 1814-Jackson, American defender 1815-Packenham, British invader 1864-Maury, Confederate defender 1865-Canby, Federal invader.

End of A County Older Than the State - Baldwin County