The Palings Tavern

Constructed in Butler County northwest of present-day Greenville, the Palings was located on the plantation of Creek War hero Col. Samuel Dale and was popular with travelers to and from Montgomery. Originally built in 1818 as a palisaded fort, hence its name, Dale repurposed the building as a tavern that he operated until 1823. This photograph was taken in 1935 for the federal Historic American Buildings Survey; the structure burned in 1953.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress