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Remembering Heardmont Farm

The gates as they originally stood just off Cahaba Valley Road at the entrance to Heardmont Farm. Howard Perdue, Jr. built the gates and today they stand at the Park’s entrance near the playground. Photos courtesy of Nancy Perdue Boone.

By KATHRYN ACREE

Today Heardmont, or as it’s officially named, The Park at Heardmont Farm, welcomes kids playing in its ball fields or along its creek beds and football, soccer and cross country teams from around the state. But longtime residents may remember the park was once Heardmont Farm. Like many park and recreation venues, you might think

Howard Perdue, Jr. constructed this small home on Heardmont Farm that was later converted into a sheriff’s substation. Also pictured are corrals on the farm where he raised Polled Hereford cattle.

there is an ancient Mr. or Mrs. Heardmont somewhere in Alabama’s past, but this is not the case.

Heardmont owes its name to Stephen Heard, the first governor of Georgia named in 1781. Heard’s fourth great-grandson, Howard Perdue, Jr., born in 1912, was a well-known Birmingham trial lawyer. Continue reading

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A national recreation area in our backyard? A history of Oak Mountain State Park

By KATHRYN ACREE

Oak Mountain State Park CCC

CCC workers cleared the trail for Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Oak Mountain State Park.

As we welcome the beautiful colors of fall and the cooler temperatures, there is no better place in our area to enjoy being outdoors than Oak Mountain State Park. Did you know that until the 1940’s, plans were in the works for it to be national park?

The park was originally established in 1927 with 940 acres in the current Peavine Falls area on Double Oak Mountain. The National Park Service became interested in developing the park further, and according to park records, called it

“The Oak Mountain Recreation and Demonstration Area.” The development meant the park service would buy 8,000 additional acres and construct roads, trails, recreational facilities, cabins and pavilions through two Depression area programs, the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Continue reading