Florala History

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Hughes Mansion

JT Hughes mansion on S. 5th Ave. J.T. Hughes was one of four sons of J.E. Hughes (James Edwin).





Hughes Mansion 2011

Note the Hughes Mansion in the background of this picture.


  • By Callie M., January 14, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Hey a ppart of my family owns this place :)

  • By Jennifer Johnson, January 19, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    I have always loved The Hughes Mansion. As a little girl, every visit my family and I made to Florala, upon leaving I insisted we drive past the grand old home and slow, if you please. Growing up just ten minutes down the road, I was able to see it quite often. :)

  • By M. Poston, March 22, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Love this place. Growing up in this area this has always been a place of history. It saddens me of the disray of the grounds today though.

  • By Wendy Windham, June 6, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    what grand homes we have in Florala…such beauty and talent to build and construct these beautiful masterpieces!

  • By Linda, January 20, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I have driven back and forth from Fort Walton Beach, Florida to Marion, Va for years. A couple of years ago, almost home from our 11 hour trip, I wanted to see what the houses looked like before crossing the border into Florida. We saw the Hughes Mansion and I fell in love with the house. A couple of years after that, I saw it was for sale and have wanted to buy it! I want to have a bed and breakfast when I retire and it would work! I am trying to plan a field trip with my third grade class. They love it too after seeing pictures featured in South Alabama Living magazine!

  • By Max Baker, January 21, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    I understand the Hughes Mansion is still for sale. I hope someone buys it and takes care of it. It is part of Florala’s legacy. In the old days, the Yellow River railroad passed close to it on the backside.

  • By Justin, March 23, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    What an amazing house! I have one of J.T. Hughes’s Fedoras, which was located in the attic of this house. It is amazing to learn about the person whom wore this hat so many years ago!

  • By James Lewis Miller III, December 12, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    My great grandfather, Dr. R.L. Miller, MD, lived across the street from the Hughes Mansion. Lot of family history in Florala. “Pete” Hughes was a longtime friend of my Father. My Grandfather James L. Miller, Sr. was a dentist in Florala and Laurel Hill.

  • By Sidney Price Bailey, August 10, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    This was built and was the residence of my grandmother’s(Julia Hughes Price) brother. It was the home many years of three of his daughters, Juliette Birdie and Ruth. The 4th daughter was Inez Harper. I had the enjoyment of seeing the inside of the home. Built with array of different types of pine since he was a lumber man. I am proud to be a part of the Hughes legacy and grew up in Florals.

  • By Michelle (Robinson) Sursa, February 22, 2015 @ 6:44 pm

    I have such fond memories of Florala. I spent almost every summer growing up swimming in Lake Jackson, buying ice cream at the ice cream shoppe on Main Street, attending Sunday services, watching the 24th of June parade, the fireworks, and patronizing the Florala businesses with my Grandparents (Mac and Clara Robinson of Laurel Hill, Fla.). The Hughes Mansion would make such a perfect Bed and Breakfast and if someone doesn’t beat me to it, I would love to make it happen! : ) Florala is such a jewel!

  • By rf harrison, December 26, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

    been in the Hughes mansion many times with Tommy Harper and always enjoyed his class and hospitatality

  • By diana perry, February 27, 2016 @ 10:17 pm

    Hughes Mansion part of my family

  • By Butch McKay, March 16, 2016 @ 7:06 pm

    A good friend of mine just recently purchased the Hughes Mansion and has begun the renovations to bring it back to it’s glory. It is truly an amazing place and I love going there regularly to see it come back to life as the treasure it is. The history will live on to honor the great town of Florala.

  • By Max Baker, March 16, 2016 @ 9:35 pm

    That’s great news. Its always been a point of interest in Florala and deserves to be well cared for.

  • By rf harrison, October 29, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

    my mom and our family have known the late Tommy Harper and have been his guests at the mansion many times

  • By Chris DiMattei, December 15, 2016 @ 8:29 pm

    Hey Butch McKay, I would love to connect with your friend who now owns this gem of a house, because I have some interesting historical info to share with him or her. Please pass along my email address to them, see below, so they can reach out to me, and then I can share my info with them. Thanks.

    Chris DiMattei

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