I recently visited the Lawrence County Archives in Moulton, Alabama to conduct research for a client needing help with his Bradley and Brown ancestors from the tiny community of Wolf Springs in the northwestern part of Lawrence County. Housed in a former bank building just off the courthouse square, this little archives is a hidden gem. The building itself was built in 1939 and still retains its retro charm inside with original trim and art deco hardware. It even has the old bank safe, which is still used today by the archivists on staff and provides an odd source of conversation.
I had a lovely lunch at a quirky downtown cafe in Moulton called Lang’s Latte Cafe. The name caught my eye because it reminded me of my Lang relatives in northern Minnesota, some of whom ran small cafes and even bars in small prairie towns near the Canadian border. After lunch, I walked around the square and returned to my starting point, where I spent the afternoon combing through records at the Lawrence County Archives. Some of their records date back to 1818 before Alabama became a state. A list of their holdings can be found on their easy-to-navigate website: http://www. lawrencecoarchives.com.