Grand Bay Historic District

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Grand Bay Historic District
Grand Bay Alabama Historic District.jpg
Grand Bay Historic District is located in Alabama
Grand Bay Historic District
Grand Bay Historic District is located in the US
Grand Bay Historic District
Location Jct. of Dezauche Ln. and Freeland
Grand Bay, Alabama
Coordinates 30°28′34″N 88°20′32″W / 30.47611°N 88.34222°W / 30.47611; -88.34222Coordinates: 30°28′34″N 88°20′32″W / 30.47611°N 88.34222°W / 30.47611; -88.34222
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1907
Architectural style Vernacular commercial style
NRHP Reference # 90000918[1]
Added to NRHP June 28, 1990

Grand Bay Historic District is a historic district in Grand Bay, Alabama. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, the district comprises twelve acres and the three remaining original buildings from Grand Bay's central business district. The buildings include the former Freeland General Store, Grand Bay State Bank,[2][3] and a small commercial building. The site was once the central business hub of the town and included an L&N passenger station, railway freight station, numerous packing houses, and additional general mercantile businesses.[4][5][6]

Freeland General Store[edit]

Freeland General Store was owned and operated by Albert Freeland. The building, a traditional two-story white frame structure, became the centerpiece of the town's commercial district. A prominent member of the community, Freeland was elected County Commissioner in 1918.[7][8] He remained active in local and state politics until his death.

Grand Bay State Bank[edit]

Grand Bay State Bank building

Grand Bay State Bank was incorporated in 1912.[2] It remained in business until 1930. The bank occupied a two-story red brick building at the corner of Freeland Lane next to Freeland General Store.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Business Entity Details: Grand Bay State Bank, Inc.
  3. ^ Annual Proceedings of the Alabama Banker's Association, January 18, 1911
  4. ^ One of those businesses which is no longer in existence was the Hamilton-Day Mercantile Co.
  5. ^ Baedeker, Karl, The United States, with an excursion to Mexico, (Scribners, 1904) p.422.
  6. ^ Ballard, Gussie Alexander, Remember Our Yesterdays?, (New Orleans: Pelican Publishers, 1960)
  7. ^ "Albert Freeland Puts Grand Bay On The Map," Grand Bay News, August 23, 1918
  8. ^ Alabama Official and Statistical Record - 1919