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Jackson County

Year Founded: 1902


The city was named in honor of Captain H. B. Grace, a landowner, teacher and surveyor. The area was originally settled in 1824 for grist and sawmill purposes. The first mail was delivered to Graceville in 1878 and the first bank was established in 1904. The first school building was erected, electricity was provided to residents and the L & N Railroad was extended from Georgianna, Alabama, to the city in 1911. The first senior class of two persons graduated in 1913. Today, the city is a farming community that serves the rural area consisting of the counties of Jackson, Holmes and Washington. The city’s form of government was changed in 1981 to a council-manager form.

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