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Guntersville, Alabama

Founded by John Gunter

Guntersville, Alabama
Guntersville history begins with Hernando De Soto, who was one of the first white persons to visit here. John Gunter, who came from the Carolinas in 1785, was the first white person to settle in what is now Marshall County.

Settlers came into the area during this period. They were primarily of the Scottish, Irish, and English descent, migrating south through the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Many of these settlers were hard-working people who did not have strong convictions about the Civil War. Nevertheless they were greatly affected by it because the war hit Guntersville very hard. The town was burned from Union shelling so that only seven structures were left standing: Guntersville Hotel, the courthouse, the jail, the school, the Masonic Hall, and two homes. One of Guntersville’s most illustrious citizens, Dr. John Allan Wyeth, had been a prisoner of war when he was only 17.

Guntersville, seat of Marshall County, NE Alabama, is on a peninsula in the Tennessee River. Guntersville was a Cherokee village until 1837 and river port since the 18th century. Today, Guntersville is now a major recreation area where Lake Guntersville, Alabama’s largest lake, rests peacefully at the base of the Appalachian Range.

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