Historic Markers Across Alabama

Absalom Pratt House

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Location: intersection of Montevallo Road (State Highway 25) and County Road 62, Brierfield, Alabama
County: Bibb
Coordinates: N 33° 2.554    W 086° 57.294
  33.04256666    -86.9549
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Absalom Pratt built this house 8 miles west of here circa 1835 though a section was constructed earlier. It was moved to this site in 1994 by the Cahaba Trace Commission, restored by the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission, 1997-98, and dedicated by both organizations on November 15, 1998.

Born in Stokes County, North Carolina, Absalom Pratt settled in River Bend with his brothers, Hopkins, Joab and John, 1816-1818. Parents Richard and Rebecca Pratt soon followed. In 1822, Absalom married Mary Dickerson. Together they had 12 children. A son, Richard Hopkins Pratt, was principal of Six Mile Academy and Bibb County Superintendent of Education.


Absalom was appointed colonel of militia in 1841 and served as Schultz Creek Baptist Church clerk, 1840-44. He died of typhoid fever in 1845 and is buried in the Pratt-Wallace cemetery. Wife Mary lived until 1882. According to tradition, she operated a Cahaba River ferry and rather than allow the ferry to be used by Union troopers, under General James H. Wilson, Mary set the ferry adrift in April 1865.

The last family members, great-grandsons of Absalom, born in the house were Leonard Callaway, Jr., Francis David and Clarence William Pratt, all of whom served in World War II. Francis David Pratt was the last family member to reside in the house in the 1980s.

2000 by The Pratt Family and The Cahaba Trace Commission.

End of Absalom Pratt House