Monday, September 14, 2015
Millbrook Alabama's Historic Thornfield
Had the pleasure of visiting the home of two of our newest members, Wayne and Daniel Killingsworth whose home is historic Thornfield in Millbrook AL. As Wayne is recuperating from knee surgery, Daniel hosted our visit. Thornfield was built 1818-1823 by Archibald McKeithen and commands panoramic views southwest toward Wetumpka. The Killingsworth family purchased the property some years ago and renovated it to it's current immaculate condition. The house includes the original rooms and a number of additions with all modern conveniences. The construction includes white wood siding with a red metal roof and a front porch complete with white rockers. A dairy barn sits on one side of the residence. The property was in the Harris family for many years and includes a family burial plot in which Joseph Archibald Harris is buried (1845-1923, C.S.A.unmarked) who was a private in the Montgomery True Blues for the duration of the war. His brother, Samuel Smith Harris was a Major, and ADC to Braxton Bragg. After the war he was the episcopal bishop of Michigan. Archibald Smith Mckeithen was the grandson of Archibald McKeithen who built Thornfield and was an original member (surgeon) of the Prattville Dragoons. A treasure to call one's own home and the Killingsworths are an asset to the Prattville Dragoons, SCV Camp 1524.