Faunsdale, Alabama

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Faunsdale, Alabama
Town
Location in Marengo County and the state of Alabama
Location in Marengo County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°27′33″N 87°35′35″W / 32.45917°N 87.59306°W / 32.45917; -87.59306Coordinates: 32°27′33″N 87°35′35″W / 32.45917°N 87.59306°W / 32.45917; -87.59306
Country United States
State Alabama
County Marengo
Area
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 98
 • Density 435/sq mi (145/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36738
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-25816
GNIS feature ID 0118220
Faunsdale Plantation slave quarters in 2008

Faunsdale is a town in Marengo County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 98, up from 87 in 2000. Faunsdale is home to a medium-sized community of Holdeman Mennonites and the only Holdeman Mennonite community in this area of Alabama outside of Greensboro, Alabama. The town is also home to the only Holdeman Mennonite Church in the area, Cedarcrest Mennonite Church.

History[edit]

A post office called Faunsdale has been in operation since 1841.[1] The town was named for nearby Faunsdale Plantation, founded in the 1830s by Messrs Pearson and Henry Augustine Tayloe-local land agent for his brothers Benjamin Ogle Tayloe, William Henry Tayloe, Edward Thornton Tayloe and George Plater Tayloe "considered the most important pioneer cotton planters of the Canebrake, as to the extent of their enterprise there."[2][3] Faunsdale was incorporated as a town in 1907.[4]

Geography[edit]

Faunsdale is located at 32°27′33″N 87°35′36″W / 32.45917°N 87.59333°W / 32.45917; -87.59333.[5] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all land. The elevation is 220 feet (67 m).

Attractions[edit]

Every spring the town sponsors the annual Faunsdale Crawfish Festival, serving authentic Southern cooking on the street, with music and dancing. The same week, the bi-annual Faunsdale Biker Rally is within walking distance. It is an adult-only event, with bikers from all over the state in attendance.[6]

A number of National Register of Historic Places-listed plantations are located a few miles from Faunsdale. They include Battersea, Bermuda Hill, Cedar Crest, Cedar Grove Plantation, Cedar Haven, Cuba Plantation, Faunsdale Plantation, and Roseland Plantation.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 211
1900 333 57.8%
1910 352 5.7%
1920 268 −23.9%
1930 264 −1.5%
1940 185 −29.9%
1950 199 7.6%
1960 124 −37.7%
1970 227 83.1%
1980 174 −23.3%
1990 96 −44.8%
2000 87 −9.4%
2010 98 12.6%
Est. 2015 94 [8] −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2013 Estimate[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 87 people, 34 households, and 24 families residing in the town. The population density was 389.2 people per square mile (152.7/km²). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 161.1 per square mile (63.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 42.98% White and 57.02% Black or African American. 4.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[12]

There were 34 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04.[12]

In the town, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.[12]

The median income for a household in the town was $28,750, and the median income for a family was $50,417. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $19,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,697. There were no families and 3.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marengo County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. ^ JW Dubose, "Chronicles of the Canebrake," Alabama Quarterly, Winter 1947 p.492
  3. ^ Marengo County Heritage Book Committee: The heritage of Marengo County, Alabama, pages 17-18. Clanton, Alabama: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000. ISBN 1-891647-58-X
  4. ^ Jones, Joel D. (21 September 2006). "French colonists settled Linden when it became county seat". Sep 21, 2006. The Democrat-Reporter. p. 2. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Faunsdale Bike Rally". Faunsdale Bike Rally. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ National Park Service (April 15, 2008). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ a b c d "2000 census for Faunsdale, Alabama". "U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved 2007-10-14.