Alpine Plantation

Submitted by FHMaster on Fri, 12/16/2016 - 23:05

Built for Nathaniel Welch, a native of Virginia, by Almarion Devalco Bell in 1858.

Nathaniel Welch was born in Madison County, Virginia on November 24, 1814, the son of the Reverend Oliver Welch, a Baptist minister. Oliver Welch was a founder of the Alpine Baptist Church. He built the simple two-story hewn-log house at his homestead nearby, known as Kingston, upon his arrival from Virginia in 1832.[3] The Welch family was intermarried with the Reynolds family, of the now-destroyed Mount Ida nearby.[4]

Nathaniel Welch married Mary Jane Wilson on January 7, 1840. Nathaniel Welch died on November 4, 1883, followed by Mary Jane on January 16, 1902.[5] Over time, a town grew up around the plantation when a railroad came through. Initially known as Welchs Depot, it eventually came to be known as Alpine, in honor of the plantation.[6] The plantation remained in the Welch family until 1970.[7]

 

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Location
Alpine
State
GeoCoord
33.35113°N 86.23722°W
Founded
1858
Status
Active