Located in downtown Elba the Gov. James E. (Big Jim) Folsom Birthplace is designated as a historic landmark by the State of Alabama. Folsom, a resident of Elba, Coffee County, served as the 45th and 47th Governor of Alabama. He lived in the home from 1908 to 1910 when it was located near the Folsom Mill Creek and Tabernacle communities. The Folsom family continued to own the home until local officials in Elba received it and relocated it to its current Putnam Street site in 2002 – next to the old Coffee County Jail. The home serves as a historic landmark in Elba to one of its most famous citizens. Former two-term, a 6-foot, 8-inch folk hero “Big Jim” who brought paved roads to rural Alabama and preached racial moderation in turbulent times. The birthplace is a good example of a late 19th century farmhouse.
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