GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — It was in June of 1819 that Alexander Yonge set foot at the Geneva junction where the Choctawhatchee and Pea rivers meet.
He and his brother helped settle a village there — which was called Geneva.
Alexander named the village after his wife’s hometown, Geneva in New York.
On Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., Mayor Hayes will sign a proclamation at city hall, and begin an annual tradition of recognizing his city’s founding on June 6th to mark Geneva’s 224th anniversary.
“We actually had a founder some 200 years ago that has never been recognized officially. So we decided this is our way of saying thank you to him for selling Geneva and making it a town,” Mayor Hayes says.
Besides the proclamation signing next Tuesday night, old pictures and other items from Geneva’s past will be on display at city hall throughout the week.
Everyone is invited to come by and take a look at the display of one of the oldest established cities in the Wiregrass.