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Historic Marker Guidelines



Marker Text and Design

  1. The Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC) Marker Committee will have the authority to accept or reject subjects which have been proposed for marker texts.
  2. The Historic Chattahoochee Commission will approve the narrative for all historic markers. Proposed copy must be typed, with correct punctuation, etc., when submitted to the HCC office. Should the co-sponsoring organization back out of a proposed marker once the text has been sent to the marker committee for review, $100 of the marker cost will be kept for administrative fees.
  3. The HCC logo will be used on each plaque. In addition, each marker will carry narrative indicating that it was erected by the HCC and the co-sponsor. Each marker will also have the year it is erected included on the narrative panel.
  4. The HCC will handle all administrative details relating to the marker program. These duties will include editing the marker texts, ordering the markers and arranging for delivery of the finished plaques and posts. The HCC will not install historic markers.
  5. The attached policy used by the Georgia Parks and Historic Sites Division D.N.R. will be followed in this program. This policy has been revised for use in both Alabama and Georgia. It outlines qualifications of persons, events and places to be commemorated by historical markers. Narrative for each marker must be well researched. The event, person or place commemorated on the marker must be mentioned in at least one authoritative historical work of general circulation. Copies of supporting documentation for the marker will be sent to the HCC.
  6. Markers should not editorialize or pass judgments. The title should be an integral part of the message and the text should be written in straightforward style.
  7. All body text will be 1" letters. The marker heading will be in 2" letters. Assuming a single line caption, the lettering capacity for each marker is as follows: 1" body text - 14 lines of 43 to 45 spaces per line. This approximation of number of spaces per line will vary depending on the width of letters. Also, spaces between words are counted as a letter space. Punctuation is not counted. Provision is made for normal signature lines. If an error is found on a marker after it is cast, and if this error is the fault of the co-sponsoring organization, then that party must pay for the necessary correction. This is not optional. Corrections must and will be made. The marker company guarantees its work and will replace or correct a marker if an error is made by them. The HCC will not be held responsible for any errors that are found on a marker.

Costs and Payment

Current marker costs are as follows:

***A $100 administrative fee will be added to the cost of each marker processed***

1" letters

$2110 - same text on both sides

$2420 - different text on both sides

$75/per picture (unless the same picture is used on both sides, then the duplicate only costs $50, for a total of $125) Differnt picture on both sides would cost $150.

5/8" letters

$2340 - same text on both sides

$2680 - different text on both sides

$75/per picture (unless the same picture is used on both sides, then the duplicate only costs $50, for a total of $125) Differnt picture on both sides would cost $150.

Note: These prices are subject to change


  1. The HCC will require that all proposed marker texts be accompanied by the co-sponsor's payment. Due to budget cuts the HCC will not be able to provide any financial assistance for historical markers at this time. The placing organization or agency must pay 100% of marker costs.


Public Access

  1. Owners of the property where the marker will be placed should authorize placement in writing. A copy of this agreement will be sent to the HCC.
  2. A primary objective of placing historic markers is to inform and to assist in visiting the place marked. Therefore, distance from the marker to object should be carefully considered. In addition, the remoteness of the marker location must be considered in view of increased incidents of vandalism. Also, markers should not be a traffic hazard.
  3. Preferably, there should be a turn-out and parking at each marker.

Marker Placement

  1. The HCC will not install historic markers. Marker erection is the responsibility of the organization or agency that places the marker. Markers will be shipped from the marker manufacturer to the co-sponsoring organization for storage prior to erection.

Dedication Ceremony

  1. A dedication ceremony for each historical marker must be held. Marker dedication programs are the responsibility of the organization or agency in charge of the ceremony. The HCC will publicize the dedication in our Valley Calendar of Events if enough notice is given to the Calendar editor. The marker co-sponsor(s) are encouraged to invite area legislators, county commissioners and other dignitaries to the marker dedication ceremony.


  1. If after a marker is erected, it is vandalized, the HCC and the co-sponsoring organization will share in the repair charges providing that the HCC has monies available for that purpose. The cost for refinishing a marker, should it need to be cleaned and repainted, will be the sole responsibility of the co-sponsor. The HCC will endeavor to assist the co-sponsor in locating an individual or business that can do this type of refinishing work.

Questions about any of these guidelines should be directed to Deborah Shaw, Administrative Assistant, Historic Chattahoochee Commission, P.O. Box 33, Eufaula, AL 36072-0033. Phone (334) 687-9755.


  1. Markers should be erected to mark definite sites only, with two exceptions:
    1. County markers giving history of county, to be located at such appropriate places as the local authorities, in co-operation with local patriotic organizations shall determine.
    2. (2) Area markers located at rest areas or welcome centers.


    1. A person who has been dead a sufficient length of time, generally 20 years, for his true stature and the permanent nature of his services and accomplishments to be placed in accurate historical perspective, and who attained such distinction that he is mentioned in at least one authoritative historical work of general circulation, and there is in the State of Alabama or Georgia a place where such person either:
      1. Was born
      2. Was killed, if death was directly connected with his fame;
      3. Lived for a substantial period of time as his permanent residence; or
      4. Performed some act connected with his fame.
  1. Events which took place within the State of Alabama or Georgia and at locations within one mile of a paved highway, which are mentioned in at least one authoritative historical work and were either:
  1. A military operation, including skirmishes with or massacres by Indians;
  2. A meeting of persons the results of which were of lasting historical importance;
  3. The creation of a work of art or literature or of a formerly unknown mechanical device, which has been of lasting inspiration or benefit to society; or
  4. An act of such historic importance as to have changed the course of history of either state.

III.       Buildings still in existence, wholly or in part, which are within one mile of a paved

            Highway, in which or in a portion of which either:

  1. One of the persons described under I above was born or lived as his residence for

       a substantial period of time, or performed some act connected with his fame; or

  1. There took place an event described under II above.
  2. Places which are within one mile of a paved highway and:
    1. At which there occurred an event described under II above;
    2. Which have special historic interest by reason of being the first of what later became an institution of general use and acceptance in the field of human relations;
    3. Are associated with aboriginal cultures or historical events in the Cherokee, Creek or Uchee Nations; or
    4. Are authoritatively identified with Spanish exploration or occupation.