This house, located on the eastern end of Main Street, is unlike any other in Greensboro. A picturesque raised cottage with charming exterior features, the house is one of only a few built in town immediately after the Civil War. The lot was conveyed to Louise Harris in 1867 and V. Gayle Snedecor, who married Miss Harris, built this cottage shortly afterward. V. Gayle Snedecor moved to Greensboro from Forkland in the 1850s. In 1856, he published a land map of Greene County that became an invaluable landmark document of the period. Hale County was created in 1867 with a vast majority of the land coming from Greene County. Snedecor was instrumental in setting up the government of Hale County when it was established.
One of the many unusual features of this house’s design is its two front doors, each leading into separate rooms that adjoin but don’t connect except that both open into a back hall. The house is larger than it appears. On the backside of the hall are two rooms and a steep staircase to the lower floor, where there are additional rooms.
This house is a contributing property to the Greensboro Historic District that listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It is located at 802 Main Street in Greenboro (GPS coordinates 32.703952, -87.590486).
This is a private residence – drive by only.
Sources: 1) NRHP “Greensboro Historic District” Nomination Form, 2) Historic Hale County, published by The Presentation Committee of the Alabama Reunion 1989.
Photographs courtesy of RuralSWAlabama.
Note: This house is featured site #57, the Snedecor Walton Washburn House, on the Greensboro Historic Walking Tour. The Walking Tour brochure contains six routes that include 74 historic Greensboro sites. Brochures are available at a tourism kiosk that’s located on the southeast corner of Main and Beacon Streets at downtown Greensboro.