Governor signs Chilton 150 proclamation

Published 10:02 am Tuesday, May 1, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

MONTGOMERY —Some of the Chilton County 150th committee members made a special trip the state capitol on April 30 for the signing of a proclamation by Gov. Kay Ivey.

The proclamation designates Dec. 30 as the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of Chilton County.

It also recounts key moments in the county’s history. Chilton County was originally established as Baker County on Dec. 30, 1868. It was renamed Chilton County on Dec. 17, 1874.

“Chilton County has a rich historical legacy that includes the site of the Battle of Ebenezer Church during the American Civil War, the establishment of the Home for Confederate Veterans at Mountain Creek, and the site of the first hydro-electric project in the State of Alabama,” the proclamation states.

It also references Chilton County as the Peach Capital of Alabama and being located in the geographic center of the state.

Committee members were pleased to have the governor’s support of the celebration. Members attending included Gay West, Savannah Kitchens, Glenn Littleton, Billy Singleton, Mary Mell Smith, Carl Zeigler and Derric Scott.

Kitchens said it was a “wonderful experience.”

Singleton coordinated having the governor signing the proclamation because he had been a part of a previous proclamation signing.

Several local governments are also signing similar proclamations.

Scott said the committee is selling banners to raise money for planned events.

Banner sponsorships can be paid at the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce.

The main celebration is planned for Oct. 27 at Goose Pond Park.