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Fireside Chats: On the Road—Lagrange

Not the song by ZZ Top. Lagrange is a historical site in northwest Alabama, a town where a college—the first in the State, opening in 1830—once stood. The college transitioned to a military academy in 1857. During the Civil War, Union soldiers, the infamous 10th Missouri Calvary known as the “Destroying Angels”, burned it to the ground. Today, several structures from a nearby plantation have been transported to the site, so it again bears the rustic look common to its past, although the larger college buildings are long gone. Lagrange was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1976. Nothing physical remains of the original Lagrange community now except for the graves. Yeah, you know I’d make it a point to seek out the cemetery.

All sites associated with the Civil War have a bloody heritage, and Lagrange is no different. Do restless spirits still wander the grounds? Once you are there, wandering through the cemetery and over the hilltop, you’d be more inclined to ask, how could they not?

The site is officially closed due to the ‘Rona, but the grounds are open. They lock the gates at dark, unfortunately. I’d love to be able to explore the cemetery at night.

TheCheezman • June 9, 2020

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