This month I would like to write about the
town of Brewton. On February 13, 1885, the town of Newport was established.
It was named Newport for the new port established by barges making runs
on both Murder and Burnt Corn creeks to and from Pensacola, FL.
In 1861 the railroad came through this area and a depot was constructed. This depot was named after the station agent, Edmund Troupe Brewton. This eventually brought about the name change from Newport to Brewton Station, later shortened to Brewton. The Brewton family is a predominate family known in Escambia County. Since the Brewton family connects to my husband's family I do have info on the Brewton family that I would be glad to share with anyone reseraching this family.
The first county seat was located in Pollard. In 1883 the county seat was moved to Brewton. Since Pollard refused to send the records to Brewton, several residents of Brewton went to Pollard and broke into the courthouse and brought the records to Brewton. This is a story that I would like to go more in depth with at another time.
Agriculture and the Lumber Industry has played an important part in the growth of Brewton and in it's economy. In the early 1900's strawberries were an important crop and there were several lumber mills, such as T.R. Miller in this area. Because of the lumber employees, merchants started businesses. Some of the largest stores in South Alabama such as Luttrell Hardware, Hainje's and Robbins & McGowins were located in Brewton.
Downtown Brewton today remains much the same as it did in the early 1900's. It is still a thriving and ever growing town. Brewton is known as one of the "Top 100 Small Towns in America".
Below you will find a portion of the family of Edmund T. Brewton.
Source: The Historical News, Vol. 16 No. 7 - AL, February 1996
Please keep in mind that this is just portion of the Brewton family.
©2007 Kellie Crnkovich