Historic Markers Across Alabama

Joel Hurt House

Marker ID: HCC 
Location:  605 Church Street, Hurtsboro, Alabama
County: Russell
Coordinates: N 32° 14.424    W 085° 24.709
  32.2404    -85.41181666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJ9Y4


The home was built in 1857 by the founder of Hurtsboro, Joel Hurt, Sr. (1813-1861) and his wife, Lucy Long Hurt (1822-1915). Their saw mill, constructed near Hurtsboro Creek, provided lumber for the home and surrounding community. With the addition of the Mobile & Girard Railroad, the town of Hurtsboro was established and flourished. One of the Hurt's eleven children, Joel Hurt, Jr. (1850-1926) resided here as a child and later played a major role in the architectural development of Atlanta, Georgia. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Donna & Bryant McKee 2007

The one story Greek Revival asymmetrical structure presents an expansive front porch with nine columns and a connecting north porch with three columns. The home received significant updating and Edwardian decoration in 1906 including the ornate varnished entrance portal with double doors. An elegant central hallway features pressed tin covered ceiling and walls accented with paired ionic wood columns on paneled bases connected by carved wood valences. The home was fully renovated in 2002 while preserving its unique charm and architecture.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Donna & Brant McKee 2007


Marker Dedication or Erection Date: February 17, 2008

End of Joel Hurt House