Montevallo Alabama


The area where Montevallo is now was once controlled by the Creek Indians. After being acquired in 1814 Jesse Wilson claimed a small hill on the northern bank of the Shoal Creek and created a homestead there, making it the oldest settlement in Shelby County. Wilson’s friends and family followed afterwards and also settled in the area, and a settlement known as Wilson’s Hill developed on the site. The settlement’s location at almost the exact center of Alabama meant it was considered one of the potential sites for the University of Alabama. In an attempt to encourage the university to choose the site the settlement changed its name to Montevallo, which is Italian for the hill in the valley.

Section 1 of A. J. Pickett’s “Interesting Notes upon the History of Alabama.”

Albert James Pickett

This section gives information from Colonel Jeremiah Austill, “in relation to the ‘Canoe Fight’ & other engagements in which he was concerned in the memorable years 1813, 1814.” Austill’s account includes sketches of relevant forts and waterways in southwestern Alabama. A transcript is included.
Austill, Jeremiah, 1794-1881
Dale, Sam, 1772-1841
Creek Indians
Creek War, 1813-1814–Campaigns
Creek War, 1813-1814–Military personnel
Indians of North America–Wars

Tallassee Alabama

Tallassee on Henry Timberlake's 1762 "Draught of the Cherokee Country"

Tallassee (also “Talassee,” “Talisi,” “Tellassee,” and various similar spellings) is a prehistoric and historic Native American site in Blount County and Monroe County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Tallassee was the southernmost of a string of Overhill Cherokee villages that spanned the lower Little Tennessee River in the 18th century. Although it receives scant attention in primary historical accounts, Tallassee is one of the few Overhill towns to appear on every major 18th-century map of the Little Tennessee Valley.

Oxford Alabama

Oxford Alabama

Whether a first time home buyer or seasoned retiree, Oxford is a special place to live. Oxford’s mild climate allows participation in outdoor activities all year round, a big plus if golf or tennis is your game.

Residents will tell you that Oxford is a great place for families. Children attend award-winning schools and have opportunities to participate in a variety of after-school activities. With several athletic programs to choose from, it’s clear that children can experience a variety of activities while growing up in Oxford.

Abihka Creek Indian Village


Abihka was one of the four mother towns of the Muscogee Creek confederacy. It is now a ceremonial ground in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. Abihka is also sometimes used to refer to all Upper Creek (or Muscogee) peoples.

William Weatherford

William Weatherford William Weatherford, known as Red Eagle (ca. 1781–March 24, 1824), was a Creek chief of the Upper Creek towns who led many of the Red Sticks actions in the Creek War (1813–1814) against Lower Creek towns and against allied forces of the United States. One of many mixed-race descendants of Southeast Indians who […]

Fort Mitchell: Fort Mitchell, Alabama | Russell County Alabama

Reconstructed Stockade of Fort Mitchell

The site of Fort Mitchell is now a park in Russell County, Alabama. The outstanding historic site features a reconstruction of the 1813 fort, historic burial grounds, a museum housing a fascinating collection of historic carriages, a restored 19th century log home and an impressive visitor center that offers exhibits, a film and a walk through the history of the site.


Ochuse A port and neighboring town, on the Gulf coast, either on Mobile or Pensacola Bay, in which the DeSoto fleet wintered, 1540. Thought to be the present Mobile Bay. (P. A. B.) Aboriginal Towns In Alabama Handbook of the Alabama Anthropological Society, 1920


Piachi Visited by DeSoto Oct. 13, 1540. Battle crossing mountain stream gorge below town, two Spaniards killed, along with principal Indians accompanying chief. Later historians said located eastern bank Black Warrior River near Sawyerville, previously known as Sawyers Depot, Hale County, at site of dead town Erie. W. Stuart Harris, Dead Towns of Alabama (1977). […]