Piper & Leaf: Building a Sense of Community

Piper & Leaf

By Betty Terry • Photography by Jim Bathie

Newcomers find there is a lot to like about Huntsville, Alabama, a former cotton town founded in 1805. Transformed into America’s Rocket City when German scientist Werner von Braun relocated the American space program there in the 1950s, Huntsville is now the state’s fourth largest city. A combination of high-tech jobs, good schools, and a relatively low cost of living makes it a great place to raise a family. But for the Knapp family—brother Connor, sisters MaryClaire and Brigette, and Brigette’s husband, Caleb Christopher—one thing was missing, a sense of community.


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