Historic Markers Across Alabama

Nicholas Davis

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Location: on Nick Davis Road (County Road 44) ½ mile west of Sanderson Road (County Road 127), Capshaw, Alabama
County: Limestone
Coordinates: N 34° 48.156    W 086° 48.268
  34.8026    -86.80446666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMFVN8


Born April 23, 1781 in Hanover Co. Virginia, married there to Martha Hargrave of a wealthy Quaker family. He served as U.S. Marshall and in other positions. Moved to Kentucky in 1808. Was a Captain in the WAR OF 1812 and became a political and personal ally of Henry Clay.

He settled here on several hundred acres and built his large log home "WALNUT GROVE" in 1817. Here he entertained large numbers of guests for days at a time, raced his blooded horses and lived the life of a much admired country gentleman.

He was a framer of Alabama's first constitution, was twice a candidate for Governor on the Whig ticket, and served as President of the Alabama Senate for 5 terms.

He died on September 29, 1856 and is buried here at his beloved "WALNUT GROVE".

Erected 2002 by the Limestone Co. Historical Society and Athens/Limestone Tourism Council.

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