Alabama History July 27, 2018
by Jennifer Young 9 Historic Homes In Alabama That Truly Define Southern Charm
The South is well known for its charming historic homes, many of which are located right here in Alabama. Several of these historic homes are antebellum mansions that have been standing since the early 1800s. Listed below are nine of Alabama’s most popular historic homes. From their architectural detail to their beautiful surroundings, these historic homes truly define Southern charm.
1. Shorter Mansion — Eufaula
Shorter Mansion is an example of Classical Revival-style architecture. It was originally built in 1884 and burned down in 1900. The current home was built in 1906. Shorter Mansion offers tours, and some of you might remember it from the hit film Sweet Home Alabama. This historic home is located at 340 N Eufaula Ave., Eufaula, AL 36027.
2. Youpon Plantation Home — Canton Bend
The Youpon Plantation Home, which was originally known as the Matthews-Tait-Rutherford House, was built between the years 1840-1848. It's a three-story, Greek Revival-style mansion that's considered to be one of Alabama's most notable antebellum homes. The Youpon Plantation Home is a private residence.
3. Belle Mont Mansion — Tuscumbia
The historic Belle Mont Mansion was built between the years 1828-1832. This pre-Civil War, Jeffersonian-style plantation home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is currently operated as a historic house museum. It's located at 1569 Cook Ln., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.
4. Oakleigh — Mobile
You can't help but think of Southern charm when you see Oakleigh, which was built in 1833. This historic home sits on 35 acres and is a rare example of Greek Revival-style architecture. It's one of Mobile's most popular attractions and is located at 350 Oakleigh Pl., Mobile, AL 36604.
5. Grey Columns — Tuskegee
Grey Columns, which is also known as the Varner-Alexander House, was built in 1857 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, this charming plantation home serves as the residence of Tuskegee University's president. Grey Columns is located on Montgomery Street in Tuskegee.
6. Magnolia Grove — Greensboro
Magnolia Grove is a Greek Revival-style mansion that stands among 15 acres of beautiful Southern magnolias. This historic home, which was built in 1840, currently serves as a historic house museum. Magnolia Grove is located at 1002 Hobson St., Greensboro, AL 36744.
7. Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens — Birmingham
Alabama's historic Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens is a former plantation house that sits on six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. It was built between the years 1845–1850 and currently serves as a decorative arts museum. Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens is located at 331 Cotton Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL 35211.
8. Bragg-Mitchell Mansion — Mobile
The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is a 13,000 square foot Greek Revival-style home that was built in 1855. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and opened to the public in 1987 for tours and events. The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is located at 1906 Spring Hill Ave., Mobile, AL 36607.
9. Ivy Green — Tuscumbia
Ivy Green, which was built in 1820, isn't an antebellum home like the others. However, it's still quite charming. This historic home is the birthplace and childhood residence of Helen Keller, the "First Lady of Courage." Today, it's operated as a museum. Ivy Green is located at 300 N Commons St. W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.
If you’ve ever visited any of these charming historic homes, please share your experience(s) with us in the comments.
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