Jesse Pickens Pugh Farmstead

US 84, 3.5 mi. W of Grove Hill, Grove Hill, Alabama

A historic 289-acre (117 ha) homestead near Grove Hill in rural Clarke County, Alabama.



The Jesse Pickens Pugh Farmstead is a historic 289-acre (117 ha) homestead near Grove Hill in rural Clarke County, Alabama. The homestead contains seven contributing buildings, two contributing sites, and one contributing structure. These include a half-spraddle roof cottage that was built in 1865, agricultural outbuildings, agricultural fields, and burials. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 28, 1999, due to its architectural significance.

Jesse Pickens Pugh was born on April 17, 1829 in Clarke County, Alabama. He was the son of Isaac Pugh, born in 1785 in Georgia, and Hanna Baskin, born 1793 in South Carolina. Isaac and Hanna Pugh settled in what was to become Clarke County in 1810, prior to the establishment of the county within the Mississippi Territory and the ensuing Creek War. His paternal grandfather, Elijah Pugh of North Carolina and Georgia, followed in 1811 and settled on adjoining land. Elijah Pugh was a Revolutionary War veteran.

Jesse Pickens Pugh married Sophia Bettis, born 1839, on January 8, 1858 in Clarke County. Together they established their residence here and had ten children, with nine living into adulthood. Jesse Pickens Pugh died on March 12, 1929 and is buried in the Pugh family cemetery.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 28, 1999
Reference number
NR name
Pugh, Jesse Pickens, Farmstead
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Half-spraddle roof cottage
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings; Agricultural fields; Graves/burials
Current functions
Agricultural fields; Graves/burials
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 7
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 1


19th Century (38,023)
Alabama (1,826)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1865 (310)
Built during 1860s (3,788)
Clarke County MPS (30)
Clarke County, Alabama (26)
Farm (1,909)
Grove Hill, Alabama (8)
Private owner (54,403)
Stone (26,168)

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added Description