This historic home is located 4 miles south of the community of Sunny South in western Wilcox County. The property fronts on the west side of Wilcox County Road 1 and lies south of State Highway 5. According to historical records, the home was built circa 1830 by the Vaughn family, one of the earliest families to settle Wilcox County. It is a simple one story cottage constructed of heart pine throughout with a basement beneath. As noted in the home photographs, the exterior has never been painted. The home and grounds were occupied by Mrs. Pearlie Smith and family under a 1966 life estate agreement from the Fred Vaughn Trust until May 24, 2017 when the home and appurtenances on 7.79 surveyed acres were donated to the Wilcox Historical Society. WHS continued the life estate agreement with Mrs. Smith until her death on December 25, 2021.
Pearlie Smith had contacted members of WHS in May 2016 concerning the perpetual preservation of this historic home and appurtenances known as Broken Arrow. WHS spearheaded this project, and through the efforts of Bill Godbold and Donald McLeod, Trustees for the Vaughn Trust and Frank Cascio of Weyerhaeuser which has the timber lease on the Vaughn Trust property, the Society was able to secure this property. The deed to Wilcox Historical Society provided that the property can be sold after the expiration of Mrs. Smith’s life estate but stipulated that the home and all appurtenances must remain on the property, thus assuring that this historic property will be preserved. Please note that this home and Pearlie Smith are featured in Andrew Moore’s book Blue Alabama.
In addition to the home, barn, and land, there is a cabin that Mr. and Mrs. Smith constructed while getting Broken Arrow ready for occupancy which may be moved from the surrounding Vaughn Trust property at the expense of the new owner. Pictures of this rustic cabin are included in this offer package. The property will be available for inspection after January 3, 2023.