Fourmile, Alabama

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Fourmile, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Fourmile, Alabama is located in Alabama
Fourmile, Alabama
Fourmile, Alabama
Fourmile, Alabama is located in the US
Fourmile, Alabama
Fourmile, Alabama
Coordinates: 33°14′55″N 86°33′11″W / 33.24861°N 86.55306°W / 33.24861; -86.55306Coordinates: 33°14′55″N 86°33′11″W / 33.24861°N 86.55306°W / 33.24861; -86.55306
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
Elevation 463 ft (141 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 205
GNIS feature ID 156374[1]

Fourmile, also known as Redlawn, is an unincorporated community in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. Fourmile is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Columbiana and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Wilsonville. Some of the early settlers of Fourmile came from Lexington County and Newberry County, South Carolina.[2]

Fourmile Baptist Church was founded on August 25, 1824, (under the name of Bethesda Baptist Church) and is the oldest continuously functioning church in the Shelby Baptist Association. The Shelby Baptist Association was founded at Bethesda Baptist Church in 1852.[3] It is also one of the oldest existing churches of the Alabama Baptist Convention.[4] One of the prominent early members of the church was John W. Teague, who was an early settler of Columbiana and the father of Eldred B. Teague.[5] E. B. Teague lived on a farm in Fourmile, which he named Red Lawn.[6] Fourmile was also the location of Blue Springs Methodist Church, which was founded in 1890. The church closed in 2004 and is now operated as a wedding chapel.[7]

A post office was established under the name Redlawn in 1898, at the residence of Pickens Miner, who served as the first postmaster.[8] The post office was in operation until 1904.[9]

One site in Fourmile, Jackson's Fourmile Farm, is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.[10]

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  1. ^ "Fourmile". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Sketches of the History of Shelby County" (PDF). Shelby County Historical Society. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Baptists celebrate 150th anniversary". Shelby County Reporter. 2002-10-29. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Fourmile Baptist Church celebrates 188th homecoming". Shelby County Reporter. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Early History of Columbiana". Rootsweb.ancestry.com. 1902-11-24. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  6. ^ The Baptist Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of the Doctrines, Ordinances ... of ... - William Cathcart - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  7. ^ "1890 Wedding Chapel". Columbiana Inn. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Tidbits of the Past in Shelby County". Shelby County Historical Society. Shelby County Historical Society. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Shelby County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. www.preserveala.org. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2014.