Barbour County is well-known for its pecan trees and it is probable that the first pecan grove in Alabama was planted about 1836-7 in the village of Glennville in Barbour County. Glennville later became part of Russell County, Alabama. (See film Glennville plantation)
BARBOUR COUNTY, ALABAMA, and PECANS
(Transcribed from History of Barbour County, Alabama,
Eufaula, Alabama, 1939 by Mattie Thomas Thompson)
Barbour County is made up of part of Pike County and the Creek Indian lands cessions of 1832. The records show that Barbour County is “all that tract of land bounded as follows, from the Kendall Lewis old stand, to Pensacola Florida, along said road, till it strikes Pea River, thence down said river line to Dale County, thence along said line to the Chattahoochee River, thence up the said River to the beginning point, which shall form and constitute one separate and distinct County, to be called by the name of Barbour.”
Pecan grove and chickens in Barbour County, Alabama 1941 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
Judge Henry D. Clayton of Clayton and Col. Hiram Hawkins of Hawkinsville, Barbour County made a report to State Geologist, Eugene A. Smith in 1882 concerning the agriculture and land in Barbour County, Alabama.
During the early eighties, Mr. Benjamin Bibb Davis, a hardware Merchant of Eufaula (former citizen of Philadelphia, PA.) was deeply interested in the soil of Barbour County and inserted notices in the Eufaula Daily Times which aroused interest in the matter.
Barbour County is well-known for its pecan trees and it is probable that the first pecan grove in Alabama was planted about 1836-7 in the village of Glennville in Barbour County. Glennville later became part of Russell County, Alabama. (See film at Glennville plantation)
In the early 1870’s Captain R. F. Kolb planted trees at his suburban home in Eufaula. And some years later, Robert Moulthrop planted a pecan orchard at his estate ‘Longview’ overlooking the Chattahoochee River, which was later cultivated by his son, Moss Moulthrop. This became a beautiful park along Riverside Drive. His son, Albert Moulthrop had a large pecan grove at his farm ‘Rockland’ in the western suburb of Eufaula. This farm was owned by Major M. A. Brunson who also planted a fig orchard.
Alpheus Baker was a Confederate General and his granddaughter, Mrs. G. H. Davis had a large pecan grove at her home Fern Wood, two miles north of Eufaula.
Another family, the Lampley’s had a pecan orchard at St. Francis which was an old Indian village three miles from Eufaula. But the largest pecan orchard, three thousand acres, was planted by the Alabama Pecan Co. on the Lore-Russell farm, six miles South of Eufaula on the Clayton Highway.
Mrs. H. C. Russell sold her home and thousands of acres of farmland to the Alabama Pecan Co. composed of several families, that moved to Barbour County from Minnesota and other Northern points. Young trees were set out, seeds planted and in a few years, the pecan industry became a success.
Many new homes were built on the estate. Some of these people were F. C. Clapp, the County Agent who was reared on a farm. He was born at Kasota, Minn. July 31st, 1888, and graduated from the University of Minnesota where he held a Master’s degree in Science of Soils.
At the suggestion of Col. G. L. Comer, the city of Eufaula purchased several hundred pecan trees from the Alabama Pecan Co. to plant along the side walks, street and various parks of the city that are still producing pecans today.
Fine oats were also grown in Barbour County according to a newspaper excerpt from the Eufaula Daily Times, May 22, 1884, written by W. C. Swanson of Cowikke, Alabama. He mentioned B. L. Jones of Batesville and mentioned the Hill Oat variety which was also called Hawkins Hill oats.
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