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Eufaula – a beautiful historic city, has many historic houses still standing

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EUFAULA, ALABAMA

The First Store

(from:History of Eufaula, Alabama: the bluff city of the Chattahoochee

By J. A. B. Besson – 1875)

The First White Man that Built a House

The first white settler that built a house here was Carson Winslett; and soon after, Mr. F. W. Pugh, Moses Packer, Aaron Packer, Durham Lee, Lochlin McLean, James Gorman, Churchill Gorman, and others, moved in.


This home was built in 1827 and was later the Confederate hospital. It was owned in 1930 by Mrs. Washburn

The Alabama State Archives states it was the first house built in Eufaula

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The First Store

The first store was set up by a man named Allen, who had, as a partner, Hon. William Irwin, who furnished the capital to trade on, and who lived in Henry county, below, on the river. The Name of the Town Changed to Itwinton.

Alexander House, owned by M. E. Hudson of Clayton, Alabama. It was 104 years old in 1940 (Alabama State Archives)

The Indian name of the village was changed, and the name of Irwinton was given to the place, in honor of Hon. Wm. Irwin, who was a State Senator, representing Henry and Pike counties, in consequence of using his influence in the Legislature to make the place a landing for steamboats for the benefit of the people of this section of country.

Public Sale of Land and Town Lots

That portion of the town, which is now east of Orange street, was bought by a company from Columbus, Georgia. Hon. Alfred Iverson was one of the company. The lands lying west of Orange street were bought by General William Wellborn, Seth Love, John M. Moore and Alexander Robertson.

Monument of John Wellborn, son of General William Wellborn, in the old Wellborn burial ground on Riverside Drive in Eufaula, Alabama

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Wellborn burial grounds on Riverside Drive in Eufaula, Alabama ca. 1930 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

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Soon after, Wellborn & Co. bought lands they had a few blocks run off into lots and put up at public sale, and what is now known as Bray & Bros. corner, was bid off to Green Beauchamp and B. V. Iverson, of Columbus. The next lot sold was what is now occupied by John McNab’s bank, and was bought by Mr. Wm. A. McKenzie. Other sales occurred, but to parties whose names are now forgotten.

Broad Street ca. 1908

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The Country Full of Indians Yet—1835

Thus began the settlement of Irwinton; and in the year 1835 Irwinton was yet a very small village, having but a few white inhabitants. The surrounding country was full of Indians, who lived in all their aboriginal simplicity, hunting game, of which there was an abundance; also, fishing, making baskets of reeds, and also blow guns of the same material.

 

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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9 comments

  1. Chris Barber

    Worked there for a while at the Eufaula Tribune. Beautiful homes and great people.

  2. Chris Barber

    Worked there for a while at the Eufaula Tribune. Beautiful homes and great people.

  3. Gordon Terrell Rush Jr.

    So why was there a secret stairway in the cabin? You got me curious. Or do you know

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      I don’t know. Perhaps a reader has the answer.

      1. To hide the Confederates during the War Between The States. As Union Troups entered the area, a search of Farms and buildings would take place. Secret Stairways or passages were a great hideout. The “Under Ground Rail Road” is another true big myth concocted by the Northern Aggressors.

  4. So why the secret stairs in the cabin? Was it a sleep over for the underground railroad?

  5. Eufaula is a warm and beautiful little town….enjoyed my historical visit there. There could be another reason for the secret stairways, especially since some homes also housed a tavern would be outlaws and those not wanting to speak or be seen by the law, had a way to escape without being seen or caught.. . you know as they are traveling through town….just creatively thinking!!

  6. I really love reading about the places of historic importance . Great post ! Keep up the good work !

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