July 11, 2018


FROM: Lisa Byrd
            Mayor's Executive Assistant
            (334) 595-0102


Founder’s Day Celebration on July 20th

City officials will join members of the Autauga County Heritage Association to celebrate Daniel Pratt’s birthday, July 20, 1799. Daniel Pratt, known as “Alabama’s First Industrialist,” founded Prattville in 1839. Descendants of the Pratt family traditionally attend this annual event at the family cemetery, which overlooks the buildings where Pratt’s manufacturing enterprises were housed.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Pratt Family Cemetery on Gin Shop Hill Road. Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. will represent our City well in delivering comments regarding the influence Daniel Pratt has had on Prattville, the State of Alabama, and industry.

After the wreath-laying, there will be a ginning demonstration of a c1900 Pratt Cotton Gin with a reception and tour of the Prattaugan Museum on Main Street. The public is invited and welcome to participate in all events of this day.

“On behalf of the wonderful City of Prattville we call home, I cordially invite you to join City officials in honoring our founding father, Daniel Pratt,” said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. “Without his insight, Alabama would not have progressed in the manner that it has and is continuing today. He is so very deserving of this ceremony to pay homage to his legacy.”

For any additional information, you may call the Autauga County Heritage Association/Prattaugan Museum at 361-0961.

Founder’s Day
Wreath Laying Ceremony
Thursday, July 20, 2018
9 a.m.
Pratt Family Cemetery
301 Gin Shop Hill Road

Founder’s Day Ginning Demonstration and Reception
Prattaugan Museum
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
At the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets
immediately following the wreath-laying.


Founders Day 2018 flyer and invitation 2

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