Historic Markers Across Alabama

White-Force Cottage

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: on Mabry Street south of Jeff Davis Avenue, Selma, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 24.828    W 087° 1.736
  32.4138    -87.02893333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This Italianate style cottage was built 1859 by C. B. & Martha Todd White, half-sister of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. She brought severe criticism down upon the Lincolns when the Northern press accused her of using a Presidential pass to smuggle medicine & other needed supplies "through the lines" to the Confederacy. Another sister, Elodie Todd, met her future husband, Col. N. H. R. Dawson, while visiting here. Dr. Charles F. Force, son of the noted archivist & historian Peter Force, purchased the home in 1869. His widow, Mary Mathews Force, one of the first postmistresses and their daughter, Miss Mary Force, a beloved teacher in the Selma schools lived out their lives here.

Purchased 1972 by the Sturdivant Museum Association National Register of Historic Places, Old Town Historic District 5-3-1978

End of White-Force Cottage