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.