Old Spring Hill is an unincorporated community in Marengo County, Alabama, just south
of Demopolis. This village was settled
in the early 1800s with a Methodist church established in 1825 and a Baptist church in 1828. Prior to the American Civil War
it had a male academy, a female academy, a Masonic lodge, and several stores. Old Spring Hill Memorial United Methodist
Church is pictured to the right.
The community was originally named Spring Hill, but a community by the same name near Mobile was granted a post office under that name after the Civil War, when Spring Hill had lost its post office. In order to have a new post office established, the name was changed to Old Spring Hill.
Allen Grove is a plantation and historic district located in Old Spring Hill. The Greek Revival house was built for John Gray Allen in 1857 by David Rudisill. It is a two-story frame structure with a two-story front portico featuring square paneled columns. The roof is hipped with side dormers. In 1890 the rear facade was altered when a kitchen and pantry wing and a two-story back porch was added.
The house and two other plantation buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 7, 1994 as a part of the Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings multiple property submission.
The house is about a mile east of US Highway 43. Mrs. Ruth Allen lives in the house today. The house was so inviting I almost knocked on the front door to say hello.
The grave plots shown below are in the old section of town on County Road 1.
County Road 1
Old Spring Hill, Alabama