“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbia in Houston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Purcell - Killingsworth House

Purcell - Killingsworth House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 1, 2014
1. Purcell - Killingsworth House Marker
Inscription. 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 1989 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Purcell Family.
Location. 31° 17.82′ N, 85° 6.636′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Alabama, in Houston County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (Alabama Route 95) and Clark Street, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 North Main Street, Columbia AL 36319, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Columbia Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles
Purcell - Killingsworth House image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 1, 2014
2. Purcell - Killingsworth House
away); Columbia, Alabama (approx. 0.3 miles away); Columbia Methodist Episcopal Church, South (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Columbia Jail / Columbia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge (approx. 2 miles away in Georgia); Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge / Fannie Askew Williams Park (approx. 2 miles away in Georgia); Hilton United Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away in Georgia); Covered Bridge 2 Mi. (approx. 2.7 miles away in Georgia). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . .  History of Purcell-Killingsworth House. (Submitted on May 2, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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