New Historic Marker To Be Erected In Century

August 14, 2017

For the first time in decades, a new historic marker is set to be erected in North Escambia.

The marker will be installed on public right of way near the corner of Jefferson and Front streets in Century. It will commemorate the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District.

According to the planned text for the marker, the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company was constructed in 1901 and was one of the largest and most advanced pine sawmills east of the Mississippi. Along with the sawmill came the company mill town of Century and housing districts “for black and white families”.  The housing ranged from small shotgun houses to large, two-story executive homes. Today’s current Front, Church, Fourth and Mayo streets, and Jefferson and Pinewood avenues are part of the historic district, consisting of 45 historic structures and a formal garden site. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

The historic marker will be erected by the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society and maintained by the Town of Century. The marker will serve not only to commemorate the historic district, but also to offer a small boost to tourism in Century, according to Russell Brown of the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society.

“Historic tourism is on the fastest growing segments of tourism in Florida,” Brown said. He said the last historic marker erected in North Escambia was in the 1960’s.

The full text that will appear on the historic marker is below, click to enlarge. Pictured top: Russell Brown of the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society explains the size and design of a new historic marker to be erected in Century. photo, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “New Historic Marker To Be Erected In Century”

  1. Bewildered on August 17th, 2017 11:18 am

    I love historic sites and applaud any effort made in this regard. Any civilized country preserves its past. Maybe the city of Pensacola could learn something before they start tearing down old statues and monuments – even if its only that money can be made by historic tourism!!!

  2. Linda Rodriguez on August 16th, 2017 7:06 pm

    Nothing is ever said about the first black school in century,our kids deserve to know about our history, located on west highway 4 before it burned down was at 133 west highway 4 in Century,FL.

  3. Randy on August 15th, 2017 7:13 am

    Congratulations to Russell and the Alger Sullivan Historical Society for getting this Marker erected. It took a lot of commitment to deal with all the government hoops that had to be jumped through to get this done. Also, take the time to visit the Museum ran by the Society. It will give you a look back in time.

  4. Bob on August 14th, 2017 9:41 pm

    I see no mention of Mr Leon Clancy. He will have to be mentioned as he was the backbone of Alger Sullivan. He was a good man and community oriented in so many ways.

  5. chris on August 14th, 2017 6:10 am

    Will there be signs on Hwy 29 to direct traffic to the historic marker?

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