Happy New Year! Looking back through 2017, we saw some amazing Old Homes in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi! This would have published earlier but I’ve been recovering from the Rose Bowl – what a game. Go Dawgs! Getting to just 10 homes is difficult – would rather use a top 100 but figured that post would be way too long LOL. These are in no particular order!
Eutaw, Alabama – We looked at several amazing old homes in Eutaw in the last post, and this week we will be checking out Eutaw’s most famous home, the Kirkwood Mansion. And a guest appearance by my dog Leroy!
Kirkwood Mansion was built for Foster Kirksey, a Planter and Cotton Broker with offices in Eutaw and Mobile. The house was nearly complete in 1860 when he married his second wife, Margaretta Liston. She was a second cousin to Mary Todd Lincoln. The house just needed a few finishing touches – French mirrors and chandeliers were ordered, as well as cast iron grill work for the balcony. Orders were cancelled as the war began in 1861.
The black and white pictures in today’s post are from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in the 1930s. After the war, the family’s fortunes declined, though they were able to keep their home – those finishing touches on the house never happened. And it led to a family tragedy.
Kirkwood took 100 years to complete
I always enjoy seeing how these homes were decorated from the 1930s photographs. Look at those ornate fireplaces!
The unfinished balcony led to tragedy. The Kirkseys’ had a daughter in a wheelchair, who sadly went over the balcony in the 1880s and died. You can see the unfinished balcony, awaiting it’s cast iron grill work in the 1930s picthre below. The cast iron railings were not added until later in the 20th Century.
Greene County is named for Revolutionary War Hero, Nathaniel Greene
As you can see in the picture below the weather was not cooperating! The Greek Revival home below has a lot of restoration going on right now.
I did find some older photos of the house from the 1930s – such a difference with the shutters opened.
A look at the parlow back in the 1930s.
The Malloy-Jones House is just over 100 years old, built in 1906. It’s a home designed by George F. Barber – an architect whose house plan catalogs were popular during this time. In fact, it’s across the street from another Barber plan. Barber homes are all over the country, and 23 of them are on the National Register of Historic Places! This house plan is a copy of his personal residence in Knoxville.
I found an interior photo that shows the Victorian style woodwork in the hall a while back. This is a big house, about 3500 square feet – it has 2 parlors, one for men and another for women. It was built for Dr Martin Luther Malloy and his wife Laura. Sadly, he was stabbed outside his office in 1922 and died from his wounds. The house was later sold to the Jones family, who lived here until the 1960s.
The old photograph below shows the house with a great picket fence!
There are many great old homes in Eutaw that we didn’t get to see this time. The Greene County Historical Society has a great walking/driving guide, and there’s a tour of old homes every October.
We continued our roadtrip to SW Mississippi after this, so you’ll be seeing more beautiful old homes in upcoming posts. Thanks so much for reading the blog, really appreciate it.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Continuing on Main Street, The Ward-Fleming Cottage is a great example of a Victorian cottage. That wraparound porch!
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.
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.
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.