Huntsville, Alabama

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Quick History


1805: Founded with a single cabin.

1811: Incorporated as a city. First city in Alabama.

1808-1812: Twickham was the county seat.

1812: Twickham was renamed Huntsville after John Hunt, the first settler.

14 December 1819: Selected as temporary capital of Alabama when the state was admitted to the Union.


Business Records and Commerce


Church History and Records

  • Baptist
  • Episcopal
  • Methodist
  • Roman Catholic

Heritage Room Huntsville - Madison County Public Library Collection includes:
1. Brief information about St. Mary's School and Church
2. Family file collection of unpublished information arranged by surname.

Court Records

Deeds and Land Records





Huntsville - Madison County Public Library
915 Monroe St.
PO Box 443
Huntsville AL 35804


Military History and Records

Redstone Arsenal (RSA) is a United States Army base and a census-designated place (CDP) adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, United States and is part of the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. The Arsenal is a garrison for a number of tenants including the United States Army Materiel Command, Army's Aviation and Missile Command, the Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense, and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Many of these units are moving due to decisions by the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The Redstone CDP had a population of 1,946 as of the 2010 census.  Wikipedia

Space Exploration

The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is the U.S. government's civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center. The largest center of NASA, MSFC's first mission was developing the Saturn launch vehicles for the Apollo moon program. Marshall was the agency's lead center for Space Shuttle propulsion and its external tank; payloads and related crew training; International Space Station (ISS) design and assembly; and computers, networks, and information management. Located on the Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama, MSFC is named in honor of General of the Army George Marshall.  Wikipedia