Looney House

5 mi. W of Ashville on Greenport Rd., Ashville, Alabama



The John Looney Pioneer House Museum was built in 1822. It is most likely the oldest two story dogtrot house in the state.

John Looney and son, Henry, served in General Andrew Jackson's volunteer company which built Fort Strother on Coosa River and later fought at Horseshoe Bend in 1814. Looney's family of nine moved from Maury Co. Tenn. to homestead 1817 in St. Clair County. Land patent granted in 1822. The two story log house with double dog-trot is a rare example of pioneer architecture in Alabama. Restored by St. Clair Historical Society 1972. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1974.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 1974
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; log dogtrot style
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1818; 1820


19th Century (37,742)
Alabama (1,824)
Ashville, Alabama (8)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1818 (113)
Built during 1810s (1,401)
Henry & John Looney (1)
House (27,618)
Log (2,299)
Moved (2,194)
Private owner (54,398)
St. Clair County, Alabama (16)

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description