Leroy Pope was Huntsville's first land developer. He purchased much of the surrounding land and promoted re-sale to friends and acquaintances from Georgia and Virginia. In 1810, Pope gave the name of Twickenham to the town after the English home of the poet Alexander Pope. In 1811, anti-British sentiment, which culminated in the War of 1812, was the principal cause of the change to Huntsville in honor of the first settler.
Huntsville's growth was rapid in the early years. In 1811, the oldest Masonic Lodge in Alabama was created, with John Hunt a charter member and Andrew Jackson a frequent visitor. In 1812, the Madison Gazette became the second newspaper in the territory. During 1819, Huntsville was chosen convention city for the drafting of Alabama's first constitution.
The historic Alabama Constitution Village commemorates the place where Alabamians met to draw up the Alabama constitution for statehood in 1819 during a Constitution Convention in Huntsville. The museum consists of four major buildings representing the time period from 1805-1819, reconstructed on their original sites. At the museum, costumed interpreters portray life in 1819 at Constitution Hall, the Clay building, Boardman complex and the Neal residence. Tours available. Admission charged.