Brewton Alabama is the county seat of Escambia County, Alabama. At the time of the 2000 census its population was at 5,498.
First established in May of 1861, Brewton Alabama found its beginnings as a train station under the charge of Edmund Troupe Brewton. At this time, the city was known as Newport by the merchant barges traveling over to Pensacola, Florida, via the Murder and Burnt Corn Creeks. Eventually, railroad tracks were built. However, during the Civil War, the train lines were severed, and in the carnage, local lumber mills were damaged or destroyed outright. Despite this, after the war was over, people returned to Brewton to rebuild it. With the improving economy, a school was built, and small businesses took root and grew. By the 1870s, demand for lumber from overseas was a boon for the current economy, and opened doors for a more prosperous one. Timber and lumber operations sprang up to meet the demand, which was ferried by the Conecuh-Escambia waterway and delta, which flows all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.
While people had been living there for decades, Brewton did not officially become a town until February 13, 1995. It eventually became the county seat. In the ensuing centuries, the county has built a series of courthouses, and Brewton’s education system has grown from a single school to one with Jefferson Davis Junior College. According to the 2000 census, the average household size is 2.35 people, while the average family size is at almost three. The median income for households is $34,234, whereas the median income for a family was registered at $43,548. As is typical due to the gender wage gap, male residents’ median income was at $37,348, while it was a shocking $20,212 for women. Overall, the per capita income for Brewton was $18,185.
Currently, Brewton’s city government includes a mayor and a five-member of city council.
As for Brewton’s cultural qualities, it is known as the home of the Alabama Blueberry Festival, which, since 2006, is held at Burnt Corn Creek Park and in the downtown area of Brewton. Before then, it took place on campus at Jefferson Davis Community College.
Another cultural site is the Thomas E. McMillan Museum, which is also located on campus. Founded in 1979 as a way to chart and commemorate life in Brewton and Escambia County at large, it has items ranging from an eons old fossil to an antique popcorn popper that uses the heat from the family hearth. While perhaps the least well-known of Brewton’s institutions, this museum is peerless in its region for its historical and archeological artifacts and objects. This regional treasure documents more than Brewton’s history, but that of the region in general, which encompasses decades of American conflict and growth. As a resource for local history, you will not do better than the Thomas E. McMillan Museum and its sister facility, the Escambia County Historical Society’s Alabama Room. Those with an especial interest in the history of Brewton and the surrounding region may apply to become members of the Escambia County Historical Society, which is dedicated to recognizing and preserving Brewton’s heritage.
Despite its tiny size, Brewton Alabama has a list of notable natives, many of whom were distinguished athletes. These include Wayne Frazier, a pro football player who played for the San Diego Chargers, The Houston Oilers, and the Buffalo Bills. Other athletes are WNBA player Deanna Jackson, and football players Cliff Lewis, Kevin Sumlin, and Anthony Redmon. Famous musicians William Lee Golden, of The Oak Ridge Boys, and country singer Hank Lockin also hail from Brewton.