AHC adds Chapman farm to register

Published 5:15 pm Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Chapman farm has been added to the Alabama Historical Commission’s Register of Landmarks & Heritage.

The commission recently added the Clive Shell Farm to its registry.

“The Alabama register is an honorary program that recognizes buildings, sites and structures in Alabama that are over a certain age and have a historical significance,” Alabama Register Coordinator LeeAnne Wofford, said. “It’s an honorary program that people apply for to get that designation.”

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Because the title is completely honorary, there is no financial incentives. However, even though the property has been added to the list, Wofford said this does not restrict the property owner in case he or she wanted to move, sell or do maintenance on the building.

“They will get a certificate that is signed by the governor and our executive director of the Alabama Historical Commission,” Wofford said. “They do have the option of purchasing a historical maker or plaque if they choose.”

The Clive Shell Farm was built in the 1890s and had a renovation in the 1930s. For Wofford, it was added because it was a good representation.

“It’s a good representation of a farm house in Butler County because it still has a its outbuildings, sheds and barns there,” Wofford said. “It’s a good representation of that particular era that has survived and is still with us today.”

According to an Alabama Historical Commission press release, the farm retains the main farmhouse, two barns, two sheds, a well and a propane tank.

There are certain qualifications that buildings or sites have to meet to make it onto the list, Wofford said. The property has to be at least 40 years old as well as have some sort of historical significance. In this instance, the historical significance was the agricultural history and architecture of the building.