Greensboro, county seat of Hale County, Alabama, at the 2000
census had a population of 2,731.
Greensboro was incorporated
as a town in December 1823 as Greensborough, named in honor of American
Revolutionary War general Greene. The name was soon simplified to Greensboro.
The community was known as Troy prior to incorporation. Several sites on the
National Register of Historic Places are in or near Greensboro. These include
Glencairn, the Greensboro Historic District, Magnolia Grove, the McGehee-Stringfellow
House, Millwood, and the Payne House.
Forrest Gump (born June 6, 1944 near a fictional small town of Greenbow, Alabama) is a fictional character who first appears in the 1986 eponymous novel by Winston Groom. Forrest Gump also appeared on screen in the 1994 film of the same name directed by Robert Zemeckis. Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for the role. Gump's father was absent during his life, his mother saying he was "on vacation". His mother named him after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a noted Confederate general in the American Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who is supposedly related to Gump. She intended his name to be a reminder that "sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense."
Greensboro is full of history and beauty. We will be returning to Greensboro to take a more detailed look at its beautiful old homes and downtown area. Hopefully, we will also be able to include more information on the following areas.
The McGehee-Stringfellow House, also known as Oak Grove, was a historic plantation house added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 1980, due to its architectural significance. Unfortunately, the house's brick structure collapsed while still on its original site as it was being relocated in the 1980s. The house site remains on the National Register of Historic Places.
Millwood is a historic plantation house and historic district on the east bank of the Black Warrior River, southwest of Greensboro. The house was built in 1830. It also served as a river hotel in the mid to late 19th century. The property was mid-to-late 19th century. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 26, 1989, due to its architectural and historical significance.
The Payne House, formally known as Atkins' Ridge, is a historic raised Greek revival cottage in Greensboro. The house was built by John Atkins in 1840 and purchased by Pascal Tutwiler, Sr. in 1911. It remained in the Tutwiler family until 1971, when it was bought by Dr. James H. Payne, who restored it. The house is included as part of the Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings multiple property submission. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 07, 1994, due to its architectural significance.