Shown is the Choccolocco School that now sits on the edge of a golf course. A land where bucolic mid-nineteenth-century Piedmont farms are set against a backdrop of some of Alabama's most unspoiled mountain views, the Choccolocco Valley is one of Alabama's most special places. Early homes such as the 1840s Borders House, the two nineteenth-century Choccolocco schools, and Downing's Mill are picturesque and important parts of the historical landscape. In recent years, however, "leapfrog development" has led to the spread of mini-subdivisions and culs-de-sac throughout the area. Without comprehensive planning and zoning, the character of this special region may be completely eroded within a few short years.
Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.