Historic Markers Across Alabama

Whitfield Canal

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of South Walnut Avenue and West Morgan Street, Demopolis, Alabama
County: Marengo
Coordinates: N 32° 30.459    W 087° 50.27
  32.50765    -87.83783333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5YER


Drainage canal constructed between 1845 and 1863 by slaves of General Nathan Bryan Whitfield, builder of Gaineswood, to prevent water from overflowing and flooding his plantation. The water from 2,070 acres south and east of Gaineswood originally followed a 17 mile course to reach the Tombigbee River. The canal, approximately 1 mile long in some places more than 30 feet deep, quickly diverts this surface water into the river at Demopolis.

Erected 1974 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of Whitfield Canal