I have been to Prattville, Alabama several times making my antique-finding runs, but
never took the time to
explore its downtown area. I fell in love with it from the moment I got there. It is such a magnificent old
town with its layout and well preserved buildings. The creek running through the area added to its beauty. I
can definitely see myself returning to Prattville soon.
Prattville, the count seat of Autauga County, falls in both Autauga and Elmore counties. This may be a future project of mine - to find out how many other cities are spread out in more than one county. Anyway, back to the trip. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 33,960. Nicknamed "The Fountain City" due to the many artesian wells in the area and is part of the Montgomery metropolitan statistical area.
Prattville was founded in 1839 by industrialist and architect Daniel Pratt. The area was largely inhabited by Native Americans and a few settlers when Pratt, a native of Temple, New Hampshire, first observed the Autauga Creek in the 1830s. He purchased approximately 1,000 acres from Joseph May at $21.00 an acre, and set out to build his manufacturing facilities and the town along the banks of the Autauga creek. The location was chosen because the creek could supply power to the cotton gin manufacturing equipment. The town became an industrial center and rapidly grew. In 1868, it was named the county seat for Autauga County.
Prattville contains several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Daniel Pratt Historic District, Bell House, and Buena Vista.
The Daniel Pratt Historic District includes 140 acres and 154 buildings. As the name implies, it was named in honor of Prattville's founder, Daniel Pratt. The district includes the historic downtown and is roughly bounded by 6th Street in the north, Northington Street in the east, 1st Street in the south, and Bridge and Court streets in the west. Architecture in the district includes the Greek Revival, Italianate, and Bungalow styles. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 30, 1984.
The district also includes the Autauga County Courthouse and site of the Daniel Pratt House, which was demolished in 1960 to make way for the expansion of the successor to the Pratt industrial complex.