Tallapoosa County, Alabama Genealogy Trails

TOWN OF DADEVILLE

The Dadeville area was the junction point where the roads met leading from Georgia and Tennessee to the trading posts at Wetumpka and Montgomery. As early as thr 1800's there were Indian trading post on the land.  John H. Broadnax surveyed the City of Dadeville about three years before Tallapoosa County was formed.  The town was named for Major Francis L. Dade, a hero in the Seminole war in Florida.

Major Francis L. Dade

History

Dadeville was named for Major Francis Langhorne Dade, who died in the Seminole War in 1835. The town was granted a charter in 1837 and was first incorporated in 1858, lost its charter during the Civil War, and was incorporated a second time in 1878. Dadeville has been the Tallapoosa County seat since 1838.

Dadeville was home to the Graefenberg Medical Institute, Alabama's first medical school, which operated from 1852 until the outbreak of the Civil War; attempts to rehabilitate the school after the war failed, and the building burned in 1873.

Completion of the Thomas Wesley Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River in 1926 and the subsequent creation of Lake Martin had and continues to have a strong economic impact on Dadeville.

Source: Written by April Wood James

DADEVILLE HISTORIC COLLEGES

GRAEFENBERG MEDICAL INSTITUTE

OCTAVIA WALTON LE VERT COLLEGE

WINSTON MALE COLLEGE   

DADEVILLE MASONIC SEMINARY

DENNIS HOTEL

Source: Records of April  Wood James

OLD HOMEPLACE JUST OFF 34 IN DADEVILLE

Source:  submitted by  Donna Poczekaj  22 Jan 2015 

 

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