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Recent Publications


King Cotton to Space Capital - The Huntsville-Madison County Story written by Jacquelyn Procter Reeves.
“Two hundred years ago, our ancestors came to this wilderness with a pioneer’s dream. More than a century later, pioneers in space came to Madison County to work together to conquer a new wilderness. One cannot help but wonder if our Alabama ancestors ever looked up at the moon on a dark night and thought that one day man would walk on the moon. What would they think if that dream was made possible with the help of people who would someday walk the same streets?” - Excerpt
Autographed copy available as a special to members of the society for $20. Retail $39.95


The Wondrous McCrarys -- Alabama Pioneers: Same Family, Same Farm, 200 Years written by Joseph M. Jones. The story of the Thomas McCrary family/farm, Alabama's oldest, in continuous operation by the same family since 1809. Available at Amazon for $9.95. Also available at Harrison Brothers Hardware and Two Friends Giftshop.


Huntsville Air and Space by T. Gary Wicks. Arcadia Publishing, 2010. Includes the history of Marshall Space Flight Center and the Saturn moon rocket development. Features the beginning of Redstone Arsenal and the transfer of the von Braun missile team to Huntsville. Explores the two earlier Huntsville airport locations, Whitesburg Drive and South Parkway. Shows some of the early pioneers in Huntsville’s aviation and space history, including Will Quick’s design and construction of a 1908 Flying Machine.

American Civil War Sesquicentennial Walking Tour Brochure -- The Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society and the Tennesee Valley Civil War Round Table are jointly selling a self-guided walking tour brochure of Historic Huntsville during the Federal Occupation (1862-1865). This brochure features a newly rendered map (20" x 27") of Huntsville during 1861 which identifies 38 locations and describes their significances during this time. Retail price only $5.00 or $10.00 for a laminated copy.

The Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society has recently published four books on local history.

Historical Markers of Madison County, Alabama, edited by Alex Lutrell, was printed in 2001 in celebration of the Society’s 50th Anniversary. There is a brief overview of Huntsville and Madison County, a sketch of each marker, front and back and photographs to accompany the current surroundings of each marker. 174 pages with a map and an index.

To commemorate the founding of Madison County in 1808, the Society published The Huntsville Historical Review, A History of Early Settlement: Madison County before Statehood, 1808-1819. After the Introduction, there are seven articles about specific early communities of the county. This is followed by an Epilogue. 161 pages with appendix, index and illustrations.

Maple Hill Cemetery, Phase One, researched and written by Diane Robey, Dorothy Scott Johnson, Dr. John Rison Jones, Jr. and Dr. Frances Cabaniss Roberts, is a detailed inventory of the oldest section of Huntsville’s largest cemetery, row by row, with annotations. Published in 1995 contains a brief history of the cemetery, a map of the section in detail. 167 pages.

Incidents of the War: The Civil War Journal of Mary Jane Chadick, edited and annotated by Nancy M. Rohr, was published in 2005. This is a daily account written during the occupation by Federal troops of Huntsville, Alabama. 379 pages, fold-out map of north Alabama, photographs and illustrations.

These books are available at the following locations:

124 South Side Square
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 536-3631
(866) 533-3631

located in Railway Station Antiques
315 Jefferson Street
Huntsville, Alabama, 35801
(256) 533-6550

The Society also publishes bi-annually The Huntsville Historical Review. This journal contains articles written by enthusiastic local researchers and writers about the eventful history of Madison County. An index is also available.