Moseley Grove, the Moseley-Seale House, near Orrville, AL (built ca. 1857)

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This plantation home, located southeast of Orrville in the Molette’s Bend area of the Alabama River, was built circa 1857 for Lewis Buckley Moseley. It has remained in the Moseley family since that time. The front of this house is almost identical to those of the McMillan-Oxford House, Tasso and Crumptonia which are also located in the vicinity of Orrville. However, unlike the others, Moseley Grove had four massive bookend chimneys, two per side. They were all partially destroyed during a tornado in 1974. It, like nearby Tasso, began as an I-house and was later expanded.

This house is located approximately eight miles southeast of Orrville, AL. In Orrville at the intersection of Main Street and CR 33, turn south on CR 33 and travel approximately 7.3 miles to the intersection of unpaved CR 952. Turn right on CR 952 and Moseley Grove is on the right approximately 0.3 mile ahead (GPS coordinates 32.213655, -87.197798).

This house is privately owned – drive by only.

Sources: 1 ) facebook.com/HistoricPhotosOfSouthwestAlabama; 2) The Alabama Catalog, A Guide to Early Architecture of the State, by Robert Gamble.

Pictures that are provided were taken February, 2012.

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