Sunday, May 28, 2017

Greensboro, Alabama

Greensboro was founded around 1820 and named after the Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene. It is the county seat of Hale County in the Alabama Black Belt region. Today it is home to approximately 2500 people. The town became very prosperous in the Antebellum era, nowadays it suffers from the general economic decline in the US South.

The town's former prosperity can still be witnessed today. Main Street consists of three parts: The central part is the shopping district with the former Opera House, the eastern and western parts display quite a few antebellum houses of various sizes mainly with nice front yards and ample green. Many of the old houses were beautifully rehabbed, others are still worked on. An information kiosk on Main Street holds a map with guided walking tours. This map features 75 buildings – about 55 of them were built in the 19th century – that can be looked at from the outside.

Even though the name of the town does not have anything to do with the color green and plant growth, it really s a green town.

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