Jackson County Alabama is a county in the Northeast corner of Alabama. The population is 53,227 and the county seat is Scottsboro. Jackson County was named for Andrew Jackson, general in the United States Army and afterward President of the United States of America. Cities: Bridgeport, Scottsboro, Stevenson
Towns: Dutton, Hollywood, Hytop Langston, Paint Rock, Pisgah, Pleasant Groves, Section, Skyline, Woodville
Communities: Baileytown, Bass, Bolivar, Bryant, Estillfork, Fackler, Flat Rock, Francisco, Gorhams’s Bluff, Higdon, Hollytree, Larkin, Liberty Hill, Limrock, Long Island, Princeton, Rash, Rosalie, Swaim, Trenton
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Bellefonte is a ghost town in Jackson County, Alabama near the site of the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station. It is located roughly two miles southeast of Hollywood, Alabama.
Bellefonte was settled in the early 19th century and incorporated on December 15, 1821, when it had nearly 200 residents. Its name was a subjective description consisting of the French words “belle”, meaning “beautiful,” and “fonte”, meaning “fount.” It was the Jackson County seat from 1821 to 1859.
Paint Rock Alabama was first inhabited by Indians, then the white settlers came. One of Alabama’s most famous lost gold stories is the Yuchi Gold of Paint Rock Valley. The story says that somewhere just southeast of Huntsville, Alabama may lie a fortune in gold hidden in a cave. According to the local legend there is a cave loaded with gold ingots placed there by Spanish soldiers who were killed near Tuscaloosa Alabama by the Yuchi tribe around 1699. While transporting the gold to Florida the Spaniards were killed near Tuscaloosa Alabama.
Fort Harker, located near Stevenson, Alabama, was a military fortification built by the Union Army during the American Civil War, constructed in the summer of 1862. Union General William Rosecrans established his headquarters at Fort Harker in July, 1863. The design of the fort is typical of many built during the American Civil War. The fort was constructed as a square earthen redoubt, 45 meters (148 feet) on a side. The walls were constructed of rammed earth 4.3 meters (14 feet) high, surrounded by a 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) deep dry moat.
The Kay Hill Deen Fern Cave Preserve, is a privately owned tract adjoining the federally-owned Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge. Fern Cave has five entrances. Four of these are on the Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge (US Department of the Interior), and one (The Fern Sink, or Surprise Pit entrance) is located on property the SCCi owns. One section of the cave is the largest gray bat hibernaculum in the country. As a result, new restrictions are now in place to protect the bat colony from White Nose Syndrome.
Paynes Soda Fountain
Ice Cream Parlor and Sandwich Shop
101 E Laurel St
Open 10:00 am – 4:00pm, Paynes Soda Fountain gets rated as 4.7 out of 5 stars with 109 reviews on their Facebook page. Paynes also gets credit for being the cause of the “Nostaligic” category here on Digital Alabama. Some of the menu items gathered from their site are dill pickle soup, turkey spinach wrap, potato corn chowder, southwester chicken soup and others. Somebody even made a pitch for a peanut butter & jelly milkshake.
Bridgeport is a city in Jackson County, Alabama with a population of 2,728. Because of its location on both a rail line and the Tennessee River, Bridgeport was a strategic site during the American Civil War. The rail bridge at Bridgeport was among those targeted by the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspiracy in November 1861. Bridgeport was the site of a major skirmish on April 29 and August 26, 1862, and numerous other small actions took place in the area. In the latter part of the war, Bridgeport was the site of a major shipyard building gunboats and transports for the Union Army.
Hoover is part of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also included in the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area. Hoover’s neighborhoods and planned communities are located along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.