Willard B. Simmons - President

Constantino N. Tsaltas

Forrest D. Thrasher

Lewis Sterling

Dr. Dimitris Kyriazis

Michael Sirmon

Antonia Cleondis

George Kalasountas

Todd Martin

Malbis Plantation to be designated as one of Baldwin County's historic districts

By Thyrie Bland, al.com October 28, 2014 at 2:56pm

FOLEY, Alabama -- The Malbis Plantation will be designated as one of the county's historic districts when the Baldwin County Commission meets Nov. 4.

The Malbis Plantation's request to be designated as a historic district was discussed at the Baldwin County Commission's work session in Foley on Tuesday.

The commission put the request on its consent agenda for its Nov. 4 meeting. Items on the commission's consent agenda do not face any opposition.

The other historic districts in the county are Magnolia Springs, Montrose and Point Clear.

The proposed historic district includes about 850 acres of land that lies roughly south of the Alabama 181 and U.S. 90 intersection.

In 2011, the Malbis Plantation was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district was once a part of a 10,000-acre plantation

Its designation as a historic district in Baldwin County will mean construction, demolition, exterior renovations and landscaping in the district will fall under the authority of the Baldwin County Architectural Preservation Review Board.

Zoning in the area will not change as a result of the new historic district designation, Planning and Zoning Director Vince Jackson said.

Baldwin County's Malbis Plantation joins National Register of Historic Places

By Russ Henderson, Press-Register June 13, 2011 at 5:55 AM

DAPHNE, Alabama — The story of Jason Malbis and the plantation he founded in rural Baldwin County is more than a century old.

Now, the remnants of that tale — the remarkable Greek Orthodox church built in his memory, the French-style manor house, brick workers’ quarters and dozens of other structures both standing and in ruins — have a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Ask McGehee:What ever happened to the old Malbis bakery

by Tom McGehee Mobile Bay Monthly June 13, 2011 at 5:55 AM

The Malbis Bakery stood on South Broad Street and stretched to Washington Avenue. At its height of operation, it employed 400 Mobilians and operated a fleet of 50 delivery trucks. A fire took the building in 1980.

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The Greek Legacy

Mobile Bay Monthly - June 2012

Greeks were not as numerous as other European immigrants in Mobile and Baldwin counties, nor were they among the first. Greek men came into this area in the last decades of the 19th century. Most arrived after living in New York or Chicago. They found whatever work they could, mostly in the food industry. They sold fish and produce door to door, or were street vendors downtown selling candy and nuts.

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Alabama Afternoons - Profiles and Conversations

by Don Noble - Alabama Public Radio

In this volume he includes a piece on Bessie Papa, a Greek resident of Malbis Plantation, once a large, thriving Greek community in Baldwin County. Founded by Jason Malbis, an ex-Greek Orthodox monk, the successful community operated the plantation and Malbis Bakery in Mobile where they produced "100,000 pounds of bread… 20,000 pounds of cake and 85,000 pounds of crackers and cookies per day." The plantation still owns 3,000 acres in Baldwin County.

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Greek Orthodox Church in Alabama

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Mobile's first Greek Orthodox parish, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, celebrated its first mass on January 26, 1912. Originally served periodically by a priest who traveled from Florida, the church hired its first permanent priest and teacher in November 1926. Local Greek entrepreneur James Malbis paid the priest's $1,800 salary that first year. He would later help to establish a church in Daphne. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church also hosts a large Greek Fest each September as a fundraiser for charities. Montgomery's Greek community established its church, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, in 1943, and Huntsville's Holy Cross–Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church was established officially in 1964.

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Malbis Memorial Church

Malbis Memorial Church April 24th 2012

Youtube Video: A look inside of one of Alabama's most cherished religous sites, the Malbis Memorial Church in Baldwin County.

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From Greece to America

From Geece to America January 2010

Youtube Video: Trailer for documentary film directed and edited by Robert Clem in 2008 about a Greek commune established in South Alabama in 1906. Unable to attract new adherents to the communal lifestyle, the aging colonists pooled their resources in the early 1960s to erect one of the most remarkable Greek churches in America, a monument to their selfless lives. Produced by Mary Riser and dedicated to William Scourtes, who conceived the film but died before its completion.

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