During the early 1800’s, Andrew Jackson led his army of Indian fighters south from Tennessee through what is now Shelby County, Alabama. They encountered some hostility from a village of Creek Indians located on the Cahaba River. Jackson wiped out the village and continued south towards his rendezvous with history at Horseshoe Bend.
Several years later, some of the men that fought with Jackson returned to the site of the village destroyed in 1813. They returned with their families and all their worldly possessions and Mudtown was reborn. The Actons, Lees, Baileys, Caldwells, and others would become the first white settlers into the Shelby County area. Signs of their existance still exist today in the form of Acton Road, Caldwell Mill Road, Caldwell Crossings, and other communities and roads in modern-day Shelby County.
I first heard of Mudtown while doing genealogy research. This led me to wonder – where was Mudtown located? Was anything left? After quite a few rounds with Google, I finally discovered that Mudtown was located on the Cahaba River right where the Altadena Valley Country Club is now located…funny enough I pass it every single day on my way to work…
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