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One of Sommerville's special places is the county courthouse

The county courthouse is one of Sommerville's special places . (Source: WAFF Staff) The county courthouse is one of Sommerville's special places . (Source: WAFF Staff)
SOMMERVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Ask a native about special places in Sommerville and they will point to the old courthouse. The tour guide is Mayor Darren Tucker. "This courthouse was built in 1837, which means it's about a hundred and seventy eight years old."
              
It's loaded with historical fact and fiction. "This was at one time the county seat, of Morgan County. But they came and moved it to Decatur. It sat here just kind of dormant for years."
 
Eventually the state turned it over to the town and it's on the national historical list.

The building has a lot of architectural detail that you just don't get to see every day. But a lot of that is also upstairs and right now that portion of the courthouse is being renovated.

Other areas are also getting a facelift, according to Tucker. "Just through 180 years the settlement and stuff so we're just pulling up the floors and looking at what kind of damage has been done there. But up until probably March of this year, court was held once a month."

"The mantle and stuff is still original. It's just old rough wood to build fireplaces," said Tucker. 

Beautiful sketches introduce you to the Sommerville of old, with homes and buildings long gone.

Rumors of hangings are fiction with one exception, "A lot of people say people were hung out here and things like that. But there was one gentleman by the name of Gus Edmunson, we have a book on him over at the library, and he was convicted of killing his wife. And tried to blame it on a snake bite. And when they did some investigating they found out that he did actually kill his wife. They housed him here in the jail for a while and then the day that he was hung well it was almost like a carnival atmosphere," said Tucker.

 Does that mean this place is haunted?  "We've had some people that would say that, I'm a skeptic though, when it comes to things like that. I'm not a big ghost hunter."

 He says hes been here at midnight plenty of times has never seen any indications of a haunting in Bobby's Bama.

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