An Antebellum Frontier Settlement Pattern Study: Conecuh River Valley, Alabama

Rebecca Lea Hill

          This settlement pattern study seeks to understand the cultural adaptation of early Anglo-Americans to a new frontier covering the period from 1820 to 1860. The Conecuh River Valley study establishes a model of antebellum frontier settlement, provides insight into frontier life in the antebellum south, and illustrates the differences between antebellum frontier settlement patterns in other areas of the South and that of the Conecuh River Valley. This model increases our knowledge of antebellum land use, economic activities, and the many variations of cultural adaptation on the antebellum frontier.