Wilson-Finlay Home at Gainestown, AL (built ca. 1846-1851; listed on the ARLH and NRHP)

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The Wilson-Finlay House is a historic plantation house located in the southern part of Clarke County at Gainestown. This house was built between 1846 and 1851 for Dr. Joshua Sanford Wilson by Isaac Fuller from Maine. Wilson, born in 1792 in Halifax County, NC, was a physician, planter, and politician. His father, the Reverend Joshua Wilson, settled in Gainestown around 1817. He was a Revolutionary War veteran and Methodist minister.

This two-story Greek Revival-style house features limestone ashlar foundations and front columns, which is very unusual in Alabama. The limestone, which has visible marine fossils, was quarried locally, at the Gainestown Quarry on the Alabama River.

This house was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage (ARLH) on September 17, 1976, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on July 12, 1978.

This home is located beside CR 29 at Gainestown, AL (GPS coordinates 31.453806,-87.691583).

This is a private residence – drive by only. (The house is located on a wooded lot and you can get only glimpses of it as you pass on the main road.)

Sources: 1) NRHP “Wilson-Finlay House” Nomination Form; 2) clarkemuseum.com; 3) wikipedia.org/Wilson–Finlay_House.

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