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Magnolia Grove at Greensboro, AL (ca. 1840)

Magnolia Grove, an excellent example of temple-style Greek Revival architecture, was built around 1840 as a town house by Isaac and Sarah Croom, whose plantations were about 20 miles south of Greensboro near Faunsdale. The main house and three dependencies are preserved on 15 acres. The house is a two-story masonry structure, built with bricks that were manufactured locally. The front facade is stuccoed, including the pediment. The sides and rear were left with the brick face exposed.  In 1879, the house was purchased by Sallie Pearson Hobson, a niece of Mrs. Croom. Her son, Richmond Pearson Hobson, became a naval hero during the Spanish-American War, and he later served in the United States Congress. In 1943, the Hobson family deeded Magnolia Grove to the state of Alabama to serve as a memorial to Richmond Pearson Hobson. The family members residing at Magnolia Grove at the time were granted a lifetime tenancy. Margaret Hobson continued to live in the house until her death in 1978. Magnolia Grove was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1973. It now serves as a historic house museum operated by the Alabama Historic Commission. For additional details about this museum, go to www.preserveala.org/magnoliagrove.aspx.

Magnolia Grove is located at the intersection of Main Street and Hobson Street in Greensboro, AL (GPS Coordinates N32.704167,W87.607500).

Source: Alabama Black Belt Nature and Heritage Trail (A publication of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel)

 

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