Hunt family, founders of Huntsville,Alabama
Newspaper article regarding the recent sale of original homestead from the John Hunt family,[his grandson, Clifton Armstrong Hunt] which is located in Huntland,Franklin County, TN. This John Hunt is said to be the person after which Huntsville, Alabama is named.""WHC Top Stories-
'Historic Pre-Civil War Home Going on the Block'
By:Ron Bailey May 21, 2004
A deep sense of history and pride along with a structurally sound and beautifully built house is to be sold this weekend in the Huntland area.
The town of Huntland, very near the Alabama State line, is a beautiful setting for this magnificent house as well as a warm and friendly place to live.
Clinton Armstrong Hunt, the grandson of John Hunt who was the founder of Huntsville, Alabama was at one time the owner of the magnificent house.
Hunt owned hundreds of acres in Franklin County, some of which he donated to the railroad to improve transportation and the economy in the area.
Other land he farmed and on one lovely area on a small rise surrounded by massive oak trees, he selected to build a house for his family.
Workers began cutting trees, sawing lumber and burning bricks in 1852 and soon their efforts were transformed into the reality of a strong, beautiful and practical home for that historic era that continues to offer that same strength and beauty today.
Following the customary plan of architecture of the period, the original structure consisted of two floors, a basement below and an attic.
Four rooms, each eighteen feet by eighteen feet and each with very high ceilings and connected by a large hall comprised the floor plan of the two main floors.
A stairway with a large landing area connected these two floors as well as added beauty and warmth to the feeling of the home.
The construction of the home seems to have been designed to insure strength and make the structure long lasting.
The walls are plastered and are about eighteen inches thick. Strong oak floors are in each room, the boards held in place with wooded nails.
A large brick smokehouse was built on the property and as if to further show the strength that went into these structures, it is still standing today.
If ever a home reflected the strength, strong personality and temperament of its owner and builder, this residence does.
The builder's only child, Anne Elizabeth Hunt, was married in the home in 1860 to Horatio Richardson Moore.
Another significant historic note is that the ceremony was performed by her cousin, David Lipscomb, who later would have a well-known university in Nashville, Tennessee named for him.
Anne, whose character and courage served her well as she enjoyed the good times and endured the trying times, lived in the home from the time the family moved in when she was only a teenager until she died there at the age 93 in 1932.
Unlike so many of the magnificent home of Antebellum Era that have been neglected, abandoned or destroyed, the Hunt-Moore home has been cared for and preserved with love and respect by the twelve children of Anne and Horatio Richardson Moore and their descendants.
This historically significant residence is being offered to the public at an estate auction to settle the estate of Sarah Hunt Moore.
The auction will be held on May 22 at the home site in Huntland. This auction will transfer the property from the descendants of the original builder for the first time.
In addition, fixtures of the home and personal property of the family will be made available at the same event. The property is to be auctioned this weekend by Billy J. Rigsby Realty and Auction.
To illustrate the personal feelings of family and the concern for maintaining a tie with the past, below is included a few paragraphs from a birthday letter written on May 9, 1923 by Horatio Richardson Moore, who was married to the daughter of the builder of this great house and lived in the home for many years.
"Our family records and traditions show that I was born near Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, May 9, 1833. I am sure these are authentic and true, in view of which I recognize the fact that I am this bright day passing the ninetieth annual marker on my life's eventful highway."
"In view of which and at the request of some members of my family, I have concluded to pen a brief outline of some of the scenes through which I have passed, a sketch of paternal and maternal ancestors and some of the inventions and discoveries that have been made to bless the world since I first saw the light May 9, 1833."
Mr. Moore continued to review his history, his life in the house in the twenty one-page letter, which is now a prized possession of his family.
©The Tullahoma News 2005 "