Winston County Alabama
Winston County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. The population is 24,484. Its county seat is Double Springs.
Winston County Alabama History
Winston County was established under the name Hancock County on February 12, 1850, from territory formerly in Walker County. It was originally named for John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts and famous signer of the American Declaration of Independence, with its county seat at Houston, Alabama. On January 22, 1858, the county was renamed Winston County to honor Alabama Gov. John A. Winston.
During the American Civil War, Winston County gained attention for its opposition to secession, a sentiment so strong that the county is sometimes referred to as the “Republic of Winston.” The county today plays on its reputation as the “Free State of Winston” to attract tourists.
In 1883 the county seat was moved from Houston to Double Springs to be near the center of the county, since Cullman County was created from the eastern part of Winston County.
Winston County Alabama Cities
Haleyville is a city in Winston and Marion counties. It incorporated on February 28, 1889. Most of the city is located in Winston County, with a small portion of the western limits entering Marion County. Haleyville was originally named Davis Cross Roads, having been established at the crossroads of Byler Road and the Illinois Central Railroad.On February 16, 1968 the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system in the nation went into service in Haleyville.
Winston County Alabama Towns
Double Springs, Alabama
Natural Bridge, Alabama
Winston County Alabama Communities
Boar Tush, Alabama
Delmar is a small, rural, unincorporated community in west-central Winston County, United States. Delmar is located six miles north of Natural Bridge, five miles south of Haleyville and 15 miles west of Double Springs, the county seat of what was once the “Free State of Winston.” Delmar has an elevation of 881 feet above sea level.
Delmar was originally called “Frog Level.” Presumably, the community was called Frog Level because of the swampy land that existed around the area at the time. In the 19th century, the citizens of Frog Level asked the U. S. Postal Service to open a post office in their community, since the nearest post office was in Ark (where Needmore, Alabama is currently located). Their request was denied because there was another Frog Level, Alabama (now Fayette, Alabama) and it already had a post office. In order to get a post office, the citizens of the Frog Level in Winston County had to change their town’s name. Around 1887, the town began to be known as “Delmar.”
Glen Mary, Alabama
Glen Mary is located about three miles north of Natural Bridge in west Winston County with an elevation of 701 feet in the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section six, township eleven south, range ten west. If you wanted to go to Glen Mary today, all you would find would be a small handful of houses, a crossroads, and the railroad track. If traveling on Hwy. 13 heading toward Haleyville from Natural Bridge, turn left on County Road 3. The next turn will be the first paved road on the left (County Road 3508). Not far down this road, turn right on County Road 376, and when you reach the top of the hill, the railroad track will cross the road, and this is the “heart of Glen Mary.” The hill is so steep “you’ll be looking at heaven.”
Credit: Peter J. Gossett
For a complete writeup about Glen Mary, see Mr. Gossett’s “The History of Glen Mary: A Destroyed Ghost Town”
Posey Field, Alabama
Winston County Alabama Ghost Towns
Batts Nest, Alabama
Batts Nest or Batt’s Nest was an unincorporated community in Winston County, Alabama. It is now a ghost town.
Booger Tree, Alabama
Booger Tree was an unincorporated community in Winston County, Alabama.
Corinth is a ghost town in Winston County, Alabama, formerly located 5.3 miles east-southeast of Double Springs.
Winston County Alabama Map