On September 28, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a visit by the incoming President of the Alabama Historical Association, Gayle Thomas of Abbeville, Alabama. She wants to hold her annual (three-day) Alabama Historical Association Spring Conference in Scottsboro in 2014.
Jen Stewart and I were pleased by Mrs. Thomas' excitement in seeing all Scottsboro has to offer. We toured the newly renovated Page Administration Building auditorium and adjoining rooms, the Heritage Center, the Scottsboro Depot Museum, the Hampton Inn (to book rooms for 200 visiting historians in 2014), the pre-Civil War home of Lewis Robinson, the Robert T. Scott family cemetery, and the public square. We drove around the square, down College Avenue and Scott Street, and by Scottsboro City Hall.
Mrs. Thomas' parting statement was "I am going home to Henry County with dual feelings. I am so happy I made the right choice in selecting the beautiful City of Scottsboro for our April 2014 State conference. On the other hand, I can't help but feel a little bit jealous of how Scottsboro has worked so hard to preserve and protect its cultural heritage." She further stated that she does not see that happening in so many places she visits throughout the State.
Her reaction to our day-long tour of Scottsboro and surrounding areas leads me to say: THANK YOU Scottsboro citizens and city government leaders for your dedication to historic preservation; clean streets; well-kept homes, churches, and public buildings; and the beauty of the well-maintained Robert T. Scott family cemetery.
Ann B. Chambless