Heritage Park

Semmes: A Community Rich in History

Heritage park was founded to preserve the early historic landmarks of the City of Semmes.

The Semmes one-room schoolhouse built in 1902, is the oldest continuous-in-use school in the State of Alabama and is listed on the Alabama Historical Landmarks list. It was given this designation on August 25, 1994. It is located on land that was donated for a school and a church by Thomas Jefferson Howell. Mr. Howell donated the land based on the stipulation that the land would be used for a schoolhouse only or it would revert back to the Howell family. The schoolhouse was moved across the road in 1917, next to the new Semmes School. In 1994, a group of volunteers, former students, teachers, and community citizens formed “Alumni and Friends of Semmes School, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) 3 volunteer organization, in order to preserve the 1902 one-room Semmes School and return it to its original location. The Mobile County School Board had planned to tear down the school but their plans changed as a result of the persuasive efforts of this group of concerned citizens. The Mobile County School Board gave the organization a 99-year lease of the original property and the school was moved back to its original site in 1998. The school was restored to its 1902 condition in 1999 by volunteers and with donations from the community. It continues to operate today with volunteers as a hands-on 1900s school.

Address: 3871 Wulff Rd, Semmes, AL 36575

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The goal of the volunteer organization, the Alumni & Friends of Semmes School is to continue to utilize the 1902 School as a “living history classroom” for the Semmes Community. Student field trips and adult tours of Heritage Park are scheduled by appointment. Interested parties may call 251-649-0270 to schedule these appointments.

The Malone Chapel is also located in Heritage Park. It is a replica of Mt. Pleasant Church that was located on this spot originally. The Chapel is available for weddings and special events with the funds contributing to the operational costs of Heritage Park. You may call 251-649-0270 if you would like to rent the chapel.

In 2016, Heritage Park volunteer, Mrs. Jeanette Byrd started a blog which further details Semmes history and the life and times of our past. For an informative trip down memory lane you may connect to Mrs. Byrd’s blog at Visit Semmes Heritage Park Blog.

The Alumni and Friends of Semmes School (aka, Heritage Park) sponsor several other activities in the Semmes Community throughout the year to include the Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration-(the 1st Friday in December), the Camellia Festival-(January), and the Annual Semmes Heritage Day-(1st Saturday in May).

Additional Goals of the Semmes Heritage Park Volunteer Organization are:

  • Promote education through hands-on history.
  • Positively affect the quality of life and growth in the area.

Malone Chapel:
Your Perfect Venue for Memorable Celebrations!

Are you searching for a charming and elegant venue to host your special occasions? Look no further than Malone Chapel! Our exquisite chapel is now available for weddings, baby showers, and a variety of events that deserve a touch of timeless beauty.

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We look forward to making your celebrations and educational experiences truly unforgettable!

Elizabeth Lovelady
Events Coordinator/ Deputy City Clerk

Phone: (251) 300-0259
Fax: (251) 649-7711
Email: events@cityofsemmesal.gov
Address: City Hall-Building Department One Main Street Semmes, AL 36575
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1757 Semmes, AL 36575
Office Hours: Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Contact Info:

Phone: (251) 649-5752
Fax: (251) 649-5788
Email: krestonworthington@cityofsemmesal.gov
Address: City Hall-Building Department One Main Street Semmes, AL 36575
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1757 Semmes, AL 36575
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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