Road Trip: Eutaw, Alabama – Beautiful Old Homes, Part 1

Eutaw – Greene County, Alabama – Took a road trip last week to Natchez,  and planned a stop in Eutaw, AL.  This was a cotton shipping hub in the mid 1800s, and a wealthy town – it has nearly 30 Antebellum structures on the National Register of Historic Places – and it was the halfway point on our trip.

During our short time in town, it went from sunny to pop up thunderstorm to sunny again, so you’ll notice a difference in some of the pictures.

The Asa White House below sits back from the road.  Asa White was one of Greene County’s earliest settlers, and he conveyed 20 acres for the building of Eutaw’s Courthouse, commercial district, etc.  It’s unusual as this home was build with the 2 story porch.

c1838 – Asa White House

The Willis Meriweather Plantation house below was built outside of town in 1836, and twenty years later the house was moved to this intown lot.  Every time I hear of an old house being moved in the 1800s, I am amazed to think how it was done without all the machinery we have today.

Built 1836, reassembled in 1856

Eutaw was originally known as “Mesopotamia”

Another house was moved into town – “Sipsey”. I noticed it listed for sale on Zillow a while back, and did some research on it.  Sips, or the William B. Wills House was built in the mid 1830s.  It was 17 miles away in a wooded area near Pleasant Ridge, and moved to Eutaw a few years back.  The new owners found a lot with a similar slope and had the foundations rebuilt of handmade bricks.

William B. Wills was shot about a mile from his home in 1840.  It’s said that he was unable to get back to his home, so he verbally gave his Will!  Looking below you see the condition the home was in before it was restored.

Wills House before restoration(from NRHP application)

The William B Wills House was moved 17 miles to Eutaw

Had to work around some magnolias trees to get a good view of the front of Basil Hall.  Captain Reese, the originally owner was a carriage manufacturer in town, and it’s said it took over 3 years to build this home.

The 1858 Captain Edwin Reese House, or “Basil Hall”

The William Scears house below, Magnolia on Main, was built in 1904.  He also owned Glenville Plantation, about 3 miles away – and built this as his “town” home for his daughters to attend school, and to avoid the long dusty trips out to the plantation.

Magnolia on Main, Built 1904

Continuing on Main Street, The Ward-Fleming Cottage is a great example of a Victorian cottage. That wraparound porch!

Ward-Fleming Cottage, built 1896

Tucked between magnolias, the Murphy-Fuller House is a big old Queen Anne style house.  The way this house is painted really brings out the Victorian details.

Murphy-Fuller House, Built 1896

The Gustav Braune house is unique in a couple of ways.  It was originally built as a one room law office, then sold to Gustav Braune, a jeweler.  He added several rooms to this house, and built the octagonal upstairs room.  Interestingly, this house stayed in the Braune family for over 100 years.

Gustave Braune House

Next week we will be looking at Eutaw’s most famous home which took over 100 years to complete and several other homes with interesting stories to tell!

Thanks so much for coming along on our trip to Eutaw!  Appreciate you reading the blog.

 

 

 

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