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As you stroll through the streets of Old Columbia, you will want to take in these historical Alabama sites:

First Baptist Church
311 W Church Street
Columbia, AL 36319

First Baptist Church Then
Then . . .
First Baptist Church Now
and Now

This church was constituted in 1835 following the withdrawal of six people from the Omussee Baptist Church in a dispute over the role of missions. The first pastor, Edmund Talbot, who served the church until 1853, donated the land and had the church built at his own expense. It was situated at the present site of the Willis J. Bell grave in Columbia Cemetery. In 1859 a new building was constructed by Nathaniel Ferris Oakley just to the south of the original church. This was replaced by a red brick auditorium, which was erected in 1885.

Columbia Jail

Erected sometime in the early 1860s, the Old Columbia Jail is today one of the last wooden jails still standing in Alabama. Originally, there were two cells, each measuring 10 x 15 feet. Interior walls are studded every two inches with iron spikes to prevent prisoners from being able to escape. The Columbia Women's Club and the Columbia Bicentennial Committee have completely renovated the building for use as a museum to preserve some of the articles of historical interest to Columbia citizens.

Purcell-Killingsworth House
305 N Main Street
Columbia, AL 36319

This Queen Anne Victorian was built in 1890 by William Purcell, a successful business man who owned a steamboat landing on the Chattahoochee River. This home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as well as the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. The house underwent a complete renovation and restoration in 2005 and currently operates as the Garden Path Inn.

Then . . .

and Now

For more information, visit National Register of Historic Places.

Columbia Historical Society
www.columbiahistoricalsocietyofalabama.org . Site Map . Links

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