Historic Markers Across Alabama



Purcell-Killingsworth House



Marker ID: HCC 
Location:
County: Houston
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Waymark: None
 



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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.




Notes:

Marker Dedication or Erection Date: November 25, 1989




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