Cedar Lawn at Uniontown, AL (built 1830s-1840s)

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This home was built sometime during the 1830s and 1840s by James Bishop Chambers and his wife, Rebecca Adams Chambers. The house was originally “plantation plain,” a basic I-shape with a one-story rear ell. The front of the house features a full height gallery with a balcony supported by six square classical posts. William L. Yancey, the great orator of the mid-nineteenth century, spoke to a large crowd in Uniontown. He stated, “The best and most sympathetic audience I ever addressed was at Uniontown in the Buchanan campaign…in the Chamber’s grove.” This was to the right and facing the house. In this area also were held the jousting tournaments of the late 1800s and early 1900s where participants were addressed by the title “Sir” and each had his own “Lady.” The tournaments were concluded with a ball and were attended by guests from surrounding counties.

This house is located on the north side of Uniontown on what probably was the original Uniontown to Marion road which intersects with highway 183 (see the map that’s included).

This is a private residence – drive by only.

Sources: i) 2013 Uniontown Historic Home Tour Brochure; 2) Perry County Heritage, Volume II, page 37, (Chamber-Shaw House).

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