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Stockton Alabama Real Estate at Tensaw River North of Bay Minette

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By Lucinda Briggs

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Residents of Stockton Alabama real estate enjoy a lush setting midst the immense cypress and pine forests in northern Baldwin County.  About 10 miles northwest of Bay Minette, the county seat, Stockton is a small community at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 225.  Over 5,000 residents call Stockton home.  Amenities and employment in Mobile Al real estate is about 34 minutes southwest via Highway 65.

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Tourists frequent the area, which is known for its proximity to the Historic Elliot Line Pisque Mounds and Bartram's Trail, Stockton AL real estate is in an unincorporated part of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area.Stockton homes for sale offers affordable prices.  Large land lots and country estates are common in the scenic countryside.  Stockton is a great place for a primary or second home.

During early history, the area was known as "Tensa" country for the "Tensa" Indians.  Many artificial mounds of earth and other ruins found here. The Tensaw settlement was ceded by the French to the British in the Treaty of 1763.  Around 1776, much development took place on the Tensaw Bluff.  

Major Robert Farmar, the former English commander from Mobile procured a grant of 12,800 acres of land on each side of the Tensaw River, built a mansion and operated a trading post referred to as "Farmar’s Bluff."  Next to Mobile, the area grew to be the most populous community in southern Alabama.  The community became a border town when Spain ruled Florida after the establishment of the Ellicott boundary line between the American and Spanish territories.

With water transportation predominant, Stockton was in a prime location.  Social life on the river thrived.  Commerce did also.  One of the first mills in Alabama was in Stockton.  Between stage lines and grand river boats connecting to Mobile, the community thrived.  The early residents engaged in shipbuilding, hospitality, and built one of the greatest cotton-shipping towns in the state.  The Tensaw River was alive with boats carrying goods back and forth to Mobile.  However, the railroad replaced this mode of transportation and bypassed the community.

People were attracted to the vast timbered forest and rich farm lands that existed in the community and surrounding areas.  Joshua Kennedy, whose mill had been operating on Rain’s and Flat Creeks since 1811, decided to incorporate the land that he owned.  The Town of Stockton was platted with streets named after the settlers.

Stockton had one advantage, however.  Our farm lands on the river bottoms were more fertile than most.  The vegetable crops came early with a growing season that lasted from March until the middle of November.  Sawmills became a favorite industry of the early residents in the settlement.  With the immense cypress and pine forests in the immediate vicinity of the community, the mills of Hastie and Silver were manufacturing beautiful lumber, which remains unsurpassed.

Timber and saw milling were the main stays of the community during this period in Stockton's history. Sailing vessels from European ports came into Mobile Bay and up the Tensaw River to the Stockton Landing.

The community boasts several buildings on the Historic Register.  Latham United Methodist Church, North of Stockton on Hwy 49 is the Latham United Methodist Church.  An old Masonic Grand Lodge #142,  

The Mound Line (Ellicott Line) Mile Mound #216 located 1200 feet East was the first southern boundary of the United States.  It was marked by earthen mounds at one-mile intervals.  The plaque is located on Highway 59 North in Stockton.  There is another Ellicott Line north of Satsuma, Alabama on US Highway 43.

For more information about property in Mobile and on the Eastern Shore, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.


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