Evergreen, Alabama is a quiet southern town about halfway between Mobile and
Montgomery just off Interstate
65. I use this exit location as my "stop and take a break" when traveling up and down the interstate. It
was years of just stopping at the restaurants or gas stations just off the interstate before I actually
ventured into this lovely downtown district. After visiting it, I wonder why it took me so long to go
there. Beautiful town.
Evergreen, the current county seat of Conecuh County, Alabama, had its beginning in 1818 with the early settlers from Georgia and South Carolina. Evergreen was founded officially in 1819 when Revolutionary War veteran James Cosey and several other men settled within the present limits of the city. The Reverend Alexander Travis first called the town by its present name of Evergreen for the abundance of surrounding green foliage, plants, and ferns.
The former county seat of Sparta was burned in a federal raid during the Civil War. In 1866, the county seat was moved to Evergreen as it was more centrally located in the county. Evergreen was incorporated as a city on March 28, 1873.
In 1882, a tornado hit the city, destroying every building except for the Episcopal Church. On November 7, 1895, fire destroyed every business and house located on the east side of the railroad. Five days later, fire destroyed every business and house on the west side. The Conecuh County Courthouse burned in 1868, 1875, 1885, and 1895.
The first female pilot in the U. S. Navy, Barbara Allen Rainey, crashed and died in 1982 near Evergreen.
The New Evergreen Commercial Historic District is a 12-acre historic district in Evergreen. It is bounded by Mill, Cooper, Rural, Court, Liberty, East Front, Cary and Despious streets. The district is primarily commercial, with examples of the Art Deco, neoclassical, Victorian, Romanesque Revival, and Colonial Revival styles. Some are plain brick commercial structures with no distinct style. The district contains 39 properties, with 30 contributing and 9 noncontributing to the district. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 1994.