The Noel-Ramsey home (also referred to as the Old French House) is the oldest home in Greensboro. Constructed between 1819-21 by Thomas and Anne Hurtel Noel, it is the only surviving residence built by French settlers that came to west Alabama to establish a Vine and Olive Colony. The house is a contributing property to the Greensboro Historic District that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It is now owned by the Historic Hale County Preservation Society.
This historic home is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of South Street and Market Street near downtown Greensboro (GPS Coordinates 32.703139,-87.593750).
Sources: 1) Visit Ante-Bellum Greensboro Brochure; 2) NRHP “Greensboro Historic District” Nomination Form; 3) Historic Hale County, published by The Presentation Committee of the Alabama Reunion 1989.
Photographs courtesy of RuralSWAlabama.
Note: This house is featured site #14, Noel-Ramsey House, on the Greensboro Historic Walking Tour. Tour brochures are available at a tourism kiosk that located on the southeast corner of Main and Beacon Streets at downtown Greensboro.