Autauga County Heritage Association (ACHA) is a group of people who share a common interest in the history of Autauga County, who strive to create historical interest and educate the community about the benefits of preservation and the significance of our own heritage.
- To bring together those interested in the history and genealogy of Autauga County.
- To discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate our history and ancestry.
- To provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it.
- To cooperate with officials in insuring the preservation and accessibility of the records, structures heritage and landmarks of the county and of its people, its towns and communities.
- To disseminate historical and genealogical information and arouse interest in the past by organizing groups or societies, by holding meetings and pageants, addresses, lectures, and discussion; by marking historic buildings, sites and trails.
- To awaken public interest through use of media such as newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet.
The Daniel Pratt mansion being torn down in 1961 was the impetus of the ACHA forming some years later. It was after more than a decade of regret at having lost forever one of our most treasured of historic homes, the Prattville Study Club, then a group of 50 women, initiated the establishment of a county historical society. In 1976, our nation’s bi-centennial year, the Autauga County Heritage Association’s first president, Evelyn Striplin, was elected from among the 309 charter members of the association.
Rachel Deaile - Executive Director
Beverly Byard - Buena Vista Coordinator
2013 Board of Directors
President - Joel Duke
Vice President - Louise Jennings
Recording Secretary - Beth Melling
Correspondence Secretary - Melanie Chambliss