Brewton is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 5,498. The city is the county seat ofEscambia County. Brewton is located in south central Alabama just north of the Florida Panhandle. The city has been voted one of the 100 best small towns in America.
In May 1861, the city of Brewton began as a train station under Edmund Troupe Brewton. The city was originally known as Newport when barges made runs to and from Pensacola, Florida, on the Murder and Burnt Corn Creeks before the installation of rail.
During the Civil War rail lines were severed, and small lumber mills were damaged or destroyed. However, after the war those who returned or arrived rebuilt the Brewton economy, began a school, and established small businesses. Into the 1870s a new European demand for lumber opened the way for creation of numerous timber and lumber operations. The Conecuh-Escambia river system became a timber artery to the Gulf.
Brewton was known in past times as "the richest little town in the South". Brewton's high per capita income was created by a small number of "Lumber Barons," as they are remembered, who arrived at the end of the last century to cut pine and stayed to build extraordinary homes along Belleville and Evergreen avenues. Over time the county erected a series of courthouses. Brewton developed an education system that included public and private institutions, including Jefferson Davis Junior College and T.R. Miller High School, named after Thomas Richard Miller-a local timber baron and town father who contributed to the building and opening of the school.
Brewton is home to the annual Alabama Blueberry Festival, which is held every year in downtown Jennings Park. The city has a multitude of murals and fountains in the downtown area, accenting the city's professionally landscaped parks.
Two golf courses are located in the Brewton Area. Dogwood Hills serves as a public park and golf course operated by the city. The Country Club of Brewton boasts a semi-private golf course designed by Jerry Pate, and is widely known as a one of the finest golf courses in South-Central Alabama.
The Thomas E. McMillan Museum is housed on the campus of the Jefferson Davis Community College (http://museum.jdcc.edu/). It was founded in 1979 to chronicle life in Escambia County, Alabama. The museum includes items from 10,000-year-old fossils, to a fireside popcorn popper and a display of cameras.