Historical Society Begins Fundraising for Rebuilding Looney House | New
After the Looney House suffered fire damage on August 6, the historical society began raising funds to begin rebuilding the house. Currently, the greatest ways to donate are by joining through a membership, an outright donation, or purchasing t-shirts listed on the historical society’s website.
The t-shirts are available for sale at https://stclairhistoricalsociety.com/.
Donations can be mailed to the St Clair Historical Society, PO Box 262, Springville, AL 35146.
The cause of the fire has still not been determined and the house is still closed to visitors at this time.
According to a statement from the city, units arrived at the scene to find the structure well involved in the fire. It was extinguished with the assistance of the Steele and Shoal Creek Fire Departments. The house is described as “heavily damaged”.
The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the state fire marshal were also at the scene.
The floor was the most damaged and the artifacts were destroyed.
Sandi Maroney, president of the St. Clair Historical Society, posted on Facebook asking that the public stay away from the property while fire investigators continue their work.
“All I can say, at this time, the historical society is not abandoning our home. It’s not a loss, we just have to wait until we’re cleared and the investigation is complete to start moving forward. forward with our next plans,” Maroney said.
The house was regularly used for tours and served as a museum for the Looney family and the history of the surrounding area.
It is believed to be the oldest double foxtrot building in Alabama. The house was built in 1818 by John Looney and his son, Henry. Both were veterans of the War of 1812 and served under the command of Andrew Jackson.
The house passed through two other owners until it was sold to the St. Clair Historical Society in 1942 to operate as a museum.
If anyone has information about the fire, they can call Investigator Greg Watson at 205-884-3333 or State Fire Marshal Riley Foshee at 334-241-4166.