Purcell-Killingsworth House

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Purcell-Killingsworth House
Purcell-Killingsworth House is located in Alabama
Purcell-Killingsworth House
Location Main St., Columbia, Alabama
Coordinates 31°17′49″N 85°6′40″W / 31.29694°N 85.11111°W / 31.29694; -85.11111Coordinates: 31°17′49″N 85°6′40″W / 31.29694°N 85.11111°W / 31.29694; -85.11111
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1889 (1889)
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82001616[1]
Added to NRHP December 16, 1982

The Purcell-Killingsworth House, now the Garden Path Inn bed & breakfast, is a historic residence in Columbia, Alabama.[2] Also known as Traveler's Rest, it was completed in 1890 by William Henry Purcell (1845-1910), a prominent Columbia businessman and politician. Purcell's business interests included a steamboat landing on the Chattahoochee River. The bed and breakfast has three guestrooms.

The Purcell House was also the boyhood home of Bishop Clare Purcell (1884-1964). In 1955 he was elected President of the Council of Bishops, the highest place of recognition ever achieved by a native-born Alabama Methodist minister.

In 1946, the Purcell Family sold the two acre homestead to Mr. & Mrs. Henry Killingsworth who restored the Victorian mansion. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 16, 1982. It is located on Main Street.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Garden Path Inn website