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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, recorded on HABS and listed on the NRHP.)

Kirkwood is a historic antebellum plantation mansion located in Eutaw. It is a Greek Revival style house with Italianate influences. The house has two primary floors and a large cupola crowning the low-pitched hipped roof. The roof eaves are ornamented with wooden brackets. A monumentally scaled portico with Ionic columns wraps around two sides of […]

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The Old Monroe County Courthouse at Monroeville, AL (home of To Kill A Mockingbird)

The Old Monroe County Courthouse, completed in 1904, was designed by the prominent Southern architect Andrew Bryan. The courthouse gained national fame when Monroeville’s own, Harper Lee, in 1960 published the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In her book To Kill a Mockingbird, the fictional town of Maycomb is modeled on Monroeville, AL […]

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Gaineswood at Demopolis, AL (began as a “dogtrot” cabin in 1843, completed on eve of Civil War)

Between 1843 and the outbreak of the Civil War, Gaineswood evolved from a two-room “dogtrot” cabin into a Greek Revival style mansion.  General Nathan Bryan Whitfield, the builder, was his own architect, though he had no formal training.  The labor was done mostly by slaves, some of whom were extremely accomplished carpenters and plasterers.  Three […]

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St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church at Marion, AL (built 1908, listed on the NRHP)

Originally organized as St. Michael’s Parish, the church became St. Wilfrid’s in 1853. The present church building is the third one located at this site. It was built in 1908. Located behind the church is a historic cemetery that contains 77 graves of soldiers who died at the Breckenridge Hospital on Howard College campus (now […]

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1830s Mathews Cabin (at the Clarke County Historical Museum) at Grove Hill, AL

The Mathews Cabin was built in the 1830s by pioneers Josiah and Lucy Martin Mathews, who came to Clarke County from South Carolina.  By 1840, there were 13 family members and two slaves living in this cabin.  In 2005, the Clarke County Historical Society purchased this log cabin.  With the assistance of many volunteers, it […]

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Chilatchee Creek Campground at Gee’s Bend, AL

Alabama has many beautiful rivers and lakes and the US Army Corp of Engineers has several parks and campgrounds that allow you the perfect opportunity to enjoy them. One of these is Chilatchee Creek which is a small campground that is remotely located in the northern part of Wilcox County on Chilatchee Creek. The park […]

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Rooster Hall at Demopolis, AL (built 1843, listed on the NRHP)

This is one of the oldest buildings in Demopolis. It was built in 1843 by the Presbyterians of Demopolis using locally-made bricks. It served as their sanctuary until after the Civil War. During the reconstruction period, a garrison of Federal troops, stationed in Demopolis, moved the county seat from Linden, AL, and used this building for […]

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Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge at UWA Campus in Livingston, AL (built 1861)

The Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge, built in 1861, is one of the oldest covered bridges still existing in Alabama. It was originally constructed over the Sucarnoochee River by Confederate Army Captain William Alexander Campbell Jones on the main state road leading from Livingston to York, now U.S. Route 11. It was built using hand-hewn yellow pine […]

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Auburn Rural Studio at Newbern, AL

Established in 1993 by architects Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee and D. K. Ruth, the Rural Studio is a part of Auburn University’s School of Architecture.  The Rural Studio is located in rural west Alabama in the small town of Newbern in Hale County.  Rural Studio students work directly with poor communities in west Alabama to improve […]

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White Cliffs of Epes, AL

These white cliffs are located on the Tombigbee River at Epes AL.  They are part of the Selma Chalk formations which were deposited at about the same time as England’s famous white cliffs of Dover.  The cliffs at Epes are stunning in their own way as illustrated by the pictures that are provided.  These pictures were […]

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St. Andrews Church at Gallion, AL (built 1853-1854, listed on the NRHP)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, also known as St. Andrew’s Church, is a small Carpenter Gothic style church built in 1853-1854. It appears to have been built from a design in the book, Rural Architecture by architect Richard Upjohn. The exterior of the church features wooden buttresses. The interior walls of the church are reportedly stained […]

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Reverie at Marion, AL (built ca. 1858, listed on the NRHP)

Reverie is a historic Greek Revival mansion that was built circa 1858.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as a contributing property to the West Marion Historic District and was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey.  It is featured in Ralph Hammond’s Antebellum Mansions of Alabama, Gregory Hatcher’s Reverie […]

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Old Depot Museum at Selma, AL (building built ca. 1890, listed on the NRHP)

The Old Depot Museum is located at the old L&N Railroad Depot at the end of historic Water Avenue in downtown Selma. The Depot building was built on the site of the Confederate Naval Foundry which was destroyed by Federal troops during the Battle of Selma in 1865.  The red brick, stone trimmed building of Romanesque […]

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Rikard’s Mill Historical Park near Beatrice, AL

Rikard’s Mill Historical Park is owned and operated by the Monroe County Heritage Museums (MCHM). The park is located on Flat Creek near Beatrice, AL in Monroe County. The main feature of the park is Rikard’s Mill which is a water-powered grist mill. Jacob “Jake” Rikard (1806-1880) built his first grist mill at this location […]

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Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (late 1850s, recorded on HABS and listed on the NRHP.)

Kirkwood is a historic antebellum plantation mansion located in Eutaw. It is a Greek Revival style house with Italianate influences. The house has two primary floors and a large cupola crowning the low-pitched hipped roof. The roof eaves are ornamented with wooden brackets. A monumentally scaled portico with Ionic columns wraps around two sides of [...]

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Dew Abrams House at Eutaw, AL (ca. 1832)

Duncan Dew was a well-known planter and business man of Eutaw, AL. He came to Eutaw in 1822 and built this house about 1832. It is L-shaped and has elaborate interior wood trim. The house, at one time, had a two-story portico which was later exchanged for a porch with slender colonettes. That porch was [...]

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Old Wilcox County Jail at Camden, AL (built 1889, listed on the NRHP)

This building was Wilcox County ‘s third county jail.  It was constructed in 1889 by LY Tarrant for $4800. In 1960, jail operations were moved to a new facility. It is rare to find old jails still standing in Alabama, especially one with the features of this building.  It contains superb brickwork and an ornate wooden [...]

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Dale Masonic Lodge at Camden, AL (built ca. 1848, recorded in HABS and CSAS)

The Dale Masonic Lodge organized at Dale Town (later Prairie Bluff) in 1827. When the town declined in the 1840s, members voted to move the lodge to Camden. The Dale Masonic Lodge building was built circa 1848. Union troops camped in the lodge while passing through Camden in 1865. In 1936, the building was photographed and recorded [...]

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The Coffin Shop at Gainesville, AL (built ca. 1860-1870, listed on the NRHP)

This was the showroom for coffins of builder, Edward Kring. Here you would pick out your material and wood for your coffin which would then be custom built. Mr. Kring was probably the busiest builder in Gainesville in the 1870s, building both the Methodist and Episcopal Churches as well as several homes and businesses. It [...]

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Dixons Mills United Methodist Church at Dixons Mills, AL (built ca. 1912)

The Dixons Mills United Methodist Church was constructed around 1912 and it was the first church built in the community.  Prior to 1912, Sunday School was a community wide activity for all denominations held in the old school house – Dixon’s Mills Academy. This little church is located beside Hwy 43 in Dixons Mills. AL [...]

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Burns-Bell House at Selma, AL (built prior to 1847, listed on the NRHP)

Built prior to 1847, this is a two-story, Italianate home that has a full-height porch with front gable. Exterior features of the house include bay windows with a flat-cut balustrade on the first floor and second-story windows with trimmed hoods and balconets (railings outside the window that give the appearance of a balcony). The interior [...]

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Old YMCA Building at Selma, AL (built c. 1885, listed on the NRHP)

Selma is home to Alabama’s first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) that was founded in 1858, and this is the oldest YMCA building still standing in the state. Built in 1885, the historic structure was in danger of demolition when it was purchased by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society in 2012. Since then, the [...]

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"Indian Bathtubs" at Old St. Stephens Historical Park in Washington County, AL.

The origin of these man-made pits is uncertain. Some say the Choctaw carved them out. Some say it was the Spanish. The “Indian Bathtubs” are included in Alabama’s Tapestry of Historic Places 1978 published by the Alabama Historical Commission. GPS coordinates of the “Indian Bathtubs” are 31.559501, -88.041738. CLICK HERE for details about Old St. Stephens Historical [...]

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