Oldest consecutive annual family reunion set for Sunday

Published 9:08 am Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summertime is picnic and reunion time and most communities have their favorite spot for such gatherings.

Glenwood is no exception.

It has the historic Horn Shelter, a rectangular open shed just outside the town limits on the Luverne Road. It was built in 1904 by the descendants of Richard Whitehead Horn.

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This year the Horn family will celebrate the 113th annual Horn family reunion on Sunday at the historic Horn Shelter in Crenshaw County near Glenwood. The Horn family reunion is the oldest consecutive annual family reunion held in the State of Alabama. Family members, friends and relatives will gather beginning at 10 a.m. at the Horn Shelter for set up and visitation. At noon, Ray Horn, of Montgomery, will share family announcements, followed by special recognitions of oldest living descendant attending the Horn reunion, youngest relative and newborns, longest married couple present, newlyweds and those family members traveling from out-of-state.

The Horn family reunion is held each third Sunday in July at the shelter. Many Horn family members are remembered at the historic Glenwood Well with memorial bricks purchased by their descendants as a way to honor those who have passed away. Many who attend the Horn reunion each year visit the Glenwood Well after departing the Horn Shelter, as well as place flowers on the graves of their loved ones nearby.

For more information on this year’s Horn family reunion contact Mary Frances Garner, granddaughter of Lennie Franklin Horn, former sheriff of Crenshaw County, at (334) 318-0596, or Ray Horn, grandson of Ray M. Horn, former sheriff of Crenshaw County, at (334) 284-0243.