Welcome to The Tuscumbian.
When you live in a town founded in 1815 by the Michael Dickson family who were the first white settlers at Coldwater now known as Tuscumbia, you have a lot of history to choose from. The 1820 the town was laid out with a town commons by planner General John Coffee. A commons is an area set aside for the good of the people. Schools, parks, churches and cemeteries are found along the commons. Boston is the only other city in the USA that has a commons.
When the National Registry of Historical places was established, Tuscumbia first registered twenty-three buildings. Since then, much of the town within the commons is listed on the Registry.
Tuscumbia Railway Depot built in 1888 by theMemphis and Charleston Railroad as a district headquarters between Memphis and Chattanooga. This brick building marks the site of the first railroad west of theAppalachian Mountains, which was chartered in 1830 and completed in 1832. It connected town with theTennessee River at Tuscumbia Landing and utilized a horse-drawn car.
Tuscumbia is the birthplace of Helen Keller. The main house, built circa 1820-1830 by Helen Keller’s grandparents, David and Mary Fairfax Moore Keller, related to Robert E. Lee and a direct descendant of Virginia’s colonial governor, Alexander Spotswood. The name of the house came from the abundance of English Ivy which once covered the grounds. Helen Keller was born in 1880 in the small cottage that stands a short distance from the main house
U.S. Congressman Edward B. Almon, was partly instrumental in the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority and getting the post office to do home delivery. Before home delivery, a notice would appear in the paper that you had mail at the post office.
Other notable natives include Governor Robert Burns Lindsay, daughter Maud Lindsay, founder of free kindergarten, Heinie Manush Hall of Fame baseball player, writers Mary Wallace Kirk, Beverly Barton, and Senator Howell Heflin.