Smithsonia, Alabama

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Smithsonia, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Smithsonia, Alabama is located in Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama is located in the US
Smithsonia, Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama
Coordinates: 34°47′39″N 87°52′45″W / 34.79417°N 87.87917°W / 34.79417; -87.87917Coordinates: 34°47′39″N 87°52′45″W / 34.79417°N 87.87917°W / 34.79417; -87.87917
Country United States
State Alabama
County Lauderdale
Elevation 512 ft (156 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 256 & 938
GNIS feature ID 157080[1]

Smithsonia, also known as Cave Springs, is an unincorporated community in Lauderdale County, in the U.S. state of Alabama.


Smithsonia was originally known as Cave Springs, in reference to the numerous caves in the surrounding area. It was then named Smithsonia, in honor of Columbus Smith, a landowner and merchant following the American Civil War.[2] Smith operated a ferry, general store, grist mill, and cotton gin in Smithsonia.[3] A post office was in operation under the name Smithsonia from 1886 to 1927.[4]


  1. ^ "Smithsonia". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Foscue, Virginia (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 129. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X. 
  3. ^ William Lindsey McDonald (2003). A Walk Through the Past - People and Places of Florence and Lauderdale County Alabama. Heart of Dixie Publishing. pp. 363–. ISBN 978-0-9719945-6-0. 
  4. ^ "Lauderdale County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 28 November 2014.