Arthur Pendleton Bagby, who served two terms as Governor of Alabama (1837 and 1839) and later as a U. S. Senator, moved to Camden in 1853. He contracted with Henry F. Cook to build a home “befitting a man of position”. They agreed to a price of $3,750 to be paid in three installments. Unfortunately, Bagby could not make the payments and the property was sold at public auction to Thomas King Beck to satisfy Mr. Cook’s lien. (Beck was the nephew of Vice President William Rufus King.) This two-story house features square box columns, a hallmark of Cook, and has supporting timbers which are secured by mortised joints and wooden pegs. The floors are 6-inch pine.
This house was photographed and recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in 1936. It is located in Camden on the west side of Broad Street approximately 0.8 mile NW of courthouse square (GPS coordinates 31.999504, -87.298746).
This is a private residence – drive by only.
Sources: 1) Wilcox County Historical Society, 2) The Alabama Catalog, A Guide to the Early Architecture of the State, by Robert Gamble.
B&W photographs courtesy U. S. Library of Congress (HABS), photographer: E. W. Russell, Date: June 17, 1936.