Stockton, Alabama

Stockton Today

Stockton could not today be called a flourishing town, but is a quiet peaceful community which scatters itself over many square miles.  To those who live here, there is no place like it, and visitors always return to enjoy its atmosphere.

The beautiful moss-draped oak trees, quaint businesses and homes that line the main street of Stockton leave no room for question as to why someone would want to live here.  Only ten miles north of Bay Minette, lies the heart of this unique community, located at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 225.  As early as the 1700’s, when its early history began, the Stockton area has been coveted by all who see it because of its fertile land, vast forest, and easy access to water travel.

Most of Stockton’s families have been here for generations, intermarrying and providing “lots of kin folks.”  Generation after generation have raised their families here, passing down their values, heritage, and traditions.

The area is a sportsman's paradise, boasting some of the best sporting and recreational activities that you can find anywhere.  Area landings provide easy access to the Tensaw River for those who enjoy fishing or recreational boating.  Bass tournaments draw many participants, and canoeing, a popular pass time, brings people in from other areas to canoe Alabama’s Bartram Canoe Trail or one of the many creeks that are meander through our area.  For those who love to hunt, the heavily forested  areas provide abundant wild life for hunting deer, turkey, quail and dove.

  The sawmill and turpentine industry, that were once a big business in this area, have now vanished.  The  mast schooners and barges that plied their way up the Tensaw river to load their crafts with  cypress lumber have disappeared.  The  rafts of gum and cypress logs, that up until about 1969, floated regularly down the Tensaw River to Mobile, are seen no more.

Along the banks of the beautiful Tensaw River, fish camps have taken the place of steamboat  landings and ferry crossings; country stores and modern conveniences have replaced the old stage coach stops.   Yet the passage of time has brought little change to the community of Stockton and the Tensaw settlement region.

Protected, by its isolation, from pollution and urban sprawl, the lands still consist of vast forests, broad fields, and pure flowing streams.  Forestry, agriculture, fishing and hunting are still the major industries.  The high waters that the logging men looked forward to each year still come without fail, and many of the communities stately old homes still stand as reminders of bygone eras.  The  abundance of flora and fauna may still be viewed today in their natural beauty;  William Bartram’s country is still here!” 

As the winds transport the sounds of the evening church bells from Stockton out across the Delta, one can imagine hearing the echo of the mound builders celebrating their corn harvest, the silent tread of warpath moccasins along the Old Federal Road, the shrill whistles of steamboats along the river, or the rustling sails of four-mast schooners rounding a bend toward a bluff.  With County Road 225 providing easy access to Spanish Fort, and with the advent of Interstate Highways 10 and 65, Stockton residents can enjoy the country life while still being able to conveniently commute to jobs in the larger metropolitan areas of Mobile, Florida, Mississippi, and other areas along the gulf coast.

“It is here in Stockton, with a price already paid by the many who loved its wonder, that one can freely breathe the beauty, romance and history of yesteryear—today.”   This Land Called Tensaw Settlement 

 

Removed from the noise and fast pace that disturbs and distracts the larger nearby municipalities, Stockton still remains a peaceful, restful nerve restorer, sleepily sitting on a level  plateau, with the hill country just beyond.  Its slower pace and more traditional life-style make it a retiree’s paradise.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway 59.  Main road through Stockton, c. 1920

Highway 59.  Main road through Stockton, c. 2008

Highway 59 is the main road in Stockton and runs right through the downtown area.  These pictures are taken of the same exact location, but about 75 or 80 years apart.  The taller of the buildings in each picture is the old Cox Mercantile Store, still standing proudly in the same old spot.  For years after its closing, the community used the building as their “Town Hall”.  In 2009, a new “Community Center” was erected in the “Old School Yard Park”.

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Stockton Heritage Association                    

P. O. Box 127

Stockton, AL  36579

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