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Winston County, Alabama

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  • Harry Andrew Baker (1932 - 1993)
    War & Vietnam War Army Veteran.
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    GUY RUSSELL BAKER Services for Guy Russell Baker, 97, formerly of Red Oak will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday from Sellergren-Lindell Funeral Home, the Rev Clern Keyes officiating. Burial will be in Evergree...
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    James Palmer, a Representative from Alabama; born in Haleyville, Winston County, Ala., May 14, 1954; graduated from Hackleburg High School, Hackleburg, Ala., 1972; attended Northwest Alabama Junior Col...
  • Robert Aderholt, U.S. Congress
    Aderholt, a Representative from Alabama; born in Haleyville, Winston County, Ala., July 22, 1965; B.A., Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, Ala., 1987; J.D., Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., ...

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Winston County was established under the name Hancock County on February 12, 1850. It was originally named for John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts and famous signer of the American Declaration of Independence, with its county seat at Houston. On January 22, 1858, the county was renamed Winston County to honor Alabama Gov. John A. Winston.

During the American Civil War, Winston County gained attention for its opposition to secession, a sentiment so strong that the county is sometimes referred to as the Free State of Winston. This area had few slaves and saw little benefit to secession.[5] The county today plays on its reputation as the "Free State of Winston" to attract tourists. The county's opposition to the Confederacy is briefly mentioned in the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Addie Pray.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Addison
  • Arley
  • Batts Nest
  • Boar Tush
  • Corinth
  • Delmar
  • Double Springs (County Seat)
  • Glen Mary
  • Haleyville (part)
  • Houston
  • Lynn
  • Natural Bridge
  • Nauvoo (part)
  • Posey Field



Genealogy Trails

Free State of Winston

William B. Bankhead Nat'l Forest (part)