Spence-Moon House at Livingston, AL (built 1834)

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This home, constructed in 1834, is one of the earliest residences in Livingston.  When Livingston was plotted, James H. Spence bought eighty acres and began the construction of this home.  The Spence-Moon House is one of eleven homes built by a group of craftsmen from New Hampshire and Connecticut who were employed to build homes.  It is one of only five remaining examples of Federal Period architecture in the area.   A kitchen, once separate from the main structure, was attached in the late 1800s.  At this time, the lower portico of the front entrance was changed to a semi-octagonal three-bay porch.  This was the home of Congressman Samuel Ingle who represented Sumter County in the state legislature in 1844 and was elected to the U. S. Congress in 1847.  Also, Captain W. A. C. Jones, the engineer who constructed the 1861 covered bridge now located on The University of West Alabama Campus, resided in this house from 1888 until 1905.  This home is now owned by the Sumter County Historical Society.  As in the past, the house continues to serve the community for family gatherings, weddings, club meetings, and banquets.

The Spence-Moon House is located beside Highway 11 next to The University of West Alabama campus.  GPS coordinates of the house are N32.589083,W88.184722.

Sources: 1) Sumter County Historical Society; 2) The University of West Alabama


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