Historic Markers Across Alabama

Purcell-Killingsworth House

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: at the intersection of North Main Street (Alabama Route 95) and Clark Street, Columbia, AL
County: Houston
Coordinates: N 31° 17.82    W 085° 6.636
  31.297    -85.1106
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMKMHQ


This house, also known as Travelers Rest, was completed in 1890 by William Henry Purcell (1845-1910) a prominent Columbia businessman and politician. Purcell had many business interests including a steamboat landing on the Chattahoochee River. This was the boyhood home of Bishop Clare Purcell (1884-1964) who, in 1955, was elected President of the Council of Bishops, the highest place of recognition ever achieved by a native-born Alabama Methodist minister. In 1946 the Purcell family sold the two acre homestead to Mr. & Mrs. Henry Killingsworth who have meticulously restored this imposing Victorian mansion. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places December 16, 1982.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Purcell Family, 1989.


Marker Dedication or Erection Date: November 25, 1989

End of Purcell-Killingsworth House