Anniston is home to four distinct historic districts, a National Monument and numerous historic structures and sites. Preservation of these places is essential when communicating their stories to future generations.

Parker House 2018
Coleman Brightwell stands before Parker House in 2018 as sister Elenor does a cartwheel on the lawn. Sister Abigail and mom Megan are in the background.
Parker House circa 1888.
David and Cathy Mashburn renovated and opened their restaurant Classic on Noble at 1024 Noble Street in Anniston’s Downtown Historic District in 1999. The building was built in 1888 and over the century, was home to movie theaters and clothing stores. In 1939, it became Woolworth, Co., a five-and-dime store.
Woolsworth circa 1940.

May is National Historic Preservation Month. Do you have a favorite historic place in Anniston? Share it with us! Snap a photo and post on social media with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters and tag us @thecityofanniston on facebook and @helloanniston on Instagram.

Following are our historic districts listed on the National Historic Register:

  • Downtown Historic District
  • West 15 Street Historic District
  • Tyler Hill Historic District
  • Buckner Circle, McClellan Historic District

The districts are under the auspices of the Anniston Historic Preservation Commission. The Anniston Historic Preservation Commission’s ordinance and bylaws mandate the preservation and protection of buildings, sites, structures, areas, and districts of historic significance and interest. Descriptions and design guidelines for these districts can be accessed here. 

This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. As you spread the word about Preservation Month, make sure to use the #ThisPlaceMatters hashtag. Also check out the National Trust on Facebook for more cool tools to help you show your love.

This Place Matters hopes to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives that lasts far beyond the month of May. Stay tuned to @SavingPlaces on Instagram and Twitter as we spotlight our favorites!


Noble Street Festival and Two-Day Alabama Cycling Classic Return to Anniston First Weekend of April


17th Annual Sunny King Criterium Places National Spotlight on Downtown Anniston as Start of USA Cycling Pro Road Tour

The annual spring street party that combines food, family fun and bicycle races will return to Anniston, Ala. April 7-8. The popular Noble Street Festival joins forces with two days of bicycle races, Alabama Cycling Classic, for a 17th consecutive year. Saturday features a full day of festivities along Noble Street in the heart of the City’s Downtown Historic District. Continue reading Noble Street Festival and Two-Day Alabama Cycling Classic Return to Anniston First Weekend of April

Anniston Fire Department Receives Grant

Governor Ivey Announces $1.5 million in Local Homeland Security Grants

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey on Monday, Nov. 20, announced first responders from across the state will receive Homeland Security grants totaling $1.5 million. The grants will provide sheriffs’ offices, police departments, fire departments and other first responders the opportunity to acquire new equipment, as well as to conduct training in three categories: interoperable communications, critical infrastructure/soft target protection and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) response.

The Anniston Fire Department was awarded $49,132.00, which it will use to replace agining equipment. (See original story here.)

 “Homeland Security is hometown security,” Governor Ivey said. “Our first responders are the first line of defense for Alabama.  As such recent events as hurricanes that swept through the Southeast to the terrorist attack in New York City demonstrated, first responders must be trained and ready to respond to natural disasters and man-made events.”

 Forty-three first-responder organizations of varying sizes will receive the 2017 grants. The grants include funds for such equipment as a metal detector scanner for Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, camera system for Morgan County EMA, and radios for Camden Police Department, Bullock County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Weisner Fire Department.

 Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Hal Taylor said, “I want to thank Governor Ivey for her support of men and women who dedicate their own lives to protecting the lives and property of Alabama’s citizens. These grants will further enhance their capability to be ready when needed.”

 ALEA administers the FEMA State Homeland Security Grant Program in Alabama. All local first-responder agencies were eligible to apply for funding. Representatives from such first-responder professional associations as the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers, Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, Alabama Fire Chiefs Association and the Alabama Sheriffs Association reviewed and scored grant applications.

Fire Department Seeks Grant to Replace Aging Equipment

The Anniston Fire Department is seeking to fund the cost of replacing aging equipment through a state grant. Fire Chief Chris Collins says that, although he’s new to grant writing, this was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.

AN UPDATE ON THIS STORY IS AVAILABLE. LINK HERE… Continue reading Fire Department Seeks Grant to Replace Aging Equipment

Grill Safety and a Recipe to Practice!

Fire in the grill is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. Apply the following tips for safe grilling, then practice with a delicious Mexican corn recipe:

Continue reading Grill Safety and a Recipe to Practice!