The following community description is quoted/excerpted from A Walk Through the Past: People and Places of Florence and Lauderdale County, Alabama by the late William Lindsey McDonald (copyright 1997) with permission of the book's editor Robert Torbert and with the utmost honor and respect for Mr. McDonald's research and dedication to preserving the history of Lauderdale County. If you have additional historical information about this community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"South of Center Star are the communities of Big Oak, Houstontown, and Bellview. Josiah D. Fuller was at Big Oak in 1818. William Patton, who owned island property south of Rogersville, was at Big Oak during the same period. A partnership, Sam Hazard and Charles N. Baucher (or Parker), made purchases here in 1818."