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Clayton in Barbour County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Octagon House
 
Octagon House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David J Gaines, March 20, 2010
1. Octagon House Marker
 
Inscription. This unusual house was built 1859 – 1861 by Benjamin Franklin Petty, a carriage and furniture merchant, who was a native of New York and a pioneer settler of Clayton. It was patterned after a design made popular by Orson S. Fowler’s book A Home for All, or the Gravel Wall and Octagon Mode of Building, which was published in New York in 1854. In April 1865, the house was used as staff headquarters for Union Cavalry Commander General Benjamin H. Grierson. Petty heirs sold the property to Judge and Mrs. Bob T. Roberts in 1901. In 1981, under the administration of Mayor Edward C. Ventress, the property was purchased from the estate of Mary Roberts Beatty Armistead by the Town of Clayton, which has overseen its renovation.
 
Erected 1991 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Clayton Historic Preservation Authority.
 
Location. 31° 52.729′ N, 85° 26.973′ W. Marker is in Clayton, Alabama, in Barbour County. Marker is on North Midway Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clayton AL 36016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barbour County / Early Barbour County Commissioners (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Clayton, Alabama/Clayton’s Architectural Heritage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jere Locke Beasely (about 300 feet away); Grace Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Miller – Martin Townhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Corley Wallace, Lurleen Burns Wallace Governors of Alabama (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Louisville (approx. 8.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clayton.
 
The Octagon House Photo, Click for full size
By David J Gaines, March 20, 2010
2. The Octagon House
 

 
Regarding Octagon House. The Octagon House is the only antebellum example of octagon-style architecture remaining in Alabama, and one of few in country.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2010, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 779 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2010, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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