May 21, 1879 Mount Olive Butler County Alabama, USA
Sheldrake Kendrick was a very well known resident of that area and operated a general store out of his home, which is now located in Mount Olive, Alabama. This is the house where the Country and Western star, Hank Williams, Sr was born in 1924.
Sheldrake and his 2nd wife Laney Skinner built their home in favorite south Alabama style, sometime in the mid-to-late 1800s. According to Brian Turpen, "It was a double-pen structure, with two units joined together by an eight-foot wide hall running from the front to the rear. On one side of the hall was where they ran a country store, and on the other side were the living quarters, a total of six rooms, (three on each side). A porch ran across the whole front of the building, which was made of sealed logs. The old Kendrick house (or commonly called "The Old Kendrick Place") is no longer standing as it was destroyed by fire in the 1930s. All that is left today is a grassy trace where the old dirt road ran in front of the house and a grove of trees that once shaded the back yard. The first Hank Williams festivals were held nearby the old farm."