An 1800’s House in Alabama

Have you ever driven past a house and it beckoned you to come closer and take a peek inside the windows?  There’s a house on the way to my friend, Debbie’s house near Wilsonville and it always draws my eye when we are driving by.  It’s old.  I mean, mid-1800’s old, so you know it has some stories.  I’d love to know what they are.  One sunny afternoon, I decided to take a closer peek at this aging beauty.

1841 is the date on the gatepost.  Remarkable, really.  I can just imagine that this house was a Southern Belle back in her day.  A plantation style home.

The Klein’s are evidently the beginning family in this home. I’d love to know the history on all of that.

She’s a very stately and large home and must have been quite the showplace in the mid-1800’s.

With the wide and welcoming front porch, you can imagine the company that this house saw.

Looks like those are the original doors.  It’s in such a state of disrepair now and I wonder if anyone will ever restore her.  I sure do hope so.  She has been sitting like this as long as we have lived in Birmingham, over 4 years.  I heard that once the home was an antique store and at one time a tea room.  That was before my time.

The chimney is still intact, but crumbling.  It would take some major vision to restore her to her former glory.

The front porch is a beauty.  There are many cotton fields on this stretch of Hwy. 25 going into Wilsonville, so I imagine that this home farmed and probably owned some of that land back in the 1800’s.

The stairs look to be marble, stained and tarnished, but marble nonetheless.

One window that I could get a peek into, showed a fireplace.

I bet the boards on the outside are all original too.  Don’t you love these shutters?

There are many of the shutters still intact.  I can also dream that the aqua shutters that I picked up at an antique store probably came off of a home like this.  Ahhh, the beauty of old and weathered.

I think the glass is also original, but many of the panes are broken.  This large and stately chimney is on the left side of the house.

Who lived in this house and what did they do?  What sort of lives did they lead?  Were they wealthy land owners with a beautiful house and furnishings? Those are the questions that went through my mind, while walking around the weedy property which has seen much neglect.
The foundation is set on large stones of some sort. They sure don’t build them like this anymore.  Weathered and green boards have seen better days. It’s been a long time since she has seen a bucket of paint.

The large back porch is plenty big too.

How many people have walked up and down these stairs?

It was sort of eerie walking around the place, but also made me think about just who lived there. She’s an aging beauty, but it would only take the right person to come along and give her new life.

I sure wish someone would. Not me, but someone. I have no idea who owns the house. If any of you here in the area know anything about this beautiful old home, I’d love to hear about it.

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Comments

  1. Rhoda, is this house for sale? Oh boy, would I love to get my hands on that house and works some magic! If it is for sale, could you forward the sale listing? I am very curious!

  2. Those are great pictures. It does make you wish that walls, steps and entrance gates, etc., could talk. You made me laugh when you said someone needed to give this place some tender loving care – but not you. If anyone could get this house in tip-top shape, it’s you!!

  3. Wow! What a gem. I see so many possibilities.

  4. This is a perfect house for Layla and her husband Kevin to fix up from the Lettered Cottage. What a gorgeous old home. It has such personality and would be so beautiful restored to it’s original elegance. Keep us posted if anyone decides to restore it. Love & blessings from NC!

  5. Wow! How beautiful and how full of potential. I think it would be a wonderful challenge to work on something like that. Don’t I wish we had the finances to do it.

  6. Morning, Rhoda!

    I love old houses, too. It looks to me like the front doors are a replacement. The original doors on a house of that age would have been wood, much like the other outside door. I think they replaced these doors with the glass doors when the house was a tearoom or shop.

    I like the house’s simple, country elements. The simplicity of the fireplace speaks to the types of furnishings that were likely there at some point. Because it is not Victorian in the same sense that the Greek Revival mansions are (with more decorative columns and trim both out and inside) and is more Southern Vernacular (meaning indigenous to the buildings in the surrounding countryside), I think the house could even take on a more modern sensibility in terms of decor with not only antiques but neat modern pieces and primitive/clean-lined antiques (from the period) as well. I can even see it with a collection of art ranging from contemporary “modern” pieces to outsider art. I saw a house that belonged to a music producer in Nashville that was a similar age and had a similar look done in that fashion (it was in one of the shelter mags years ago), and it was so neat. But I agree with you. This could be a fun house to redo. It does, however, need much work. Thanks for the tour!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  7. At the risk of being melodramatic, my heart literally connected with this old place. I absolutely love it and agree that someone MUST rescue this beauty before it’s too late.

    Is there an historical society near which could take on the project?

    There is a grand old home along my common commute that I would dearly love to explore. It has no trespassing signs so I dare not.

    I love your pictures and am so glad that I clicked your blog this morning.

  8. Rhoda, I bet that was a stately mansion in her time. Probably was a cotton plantation. How awful that it has been abandoned and falling to ruin. I do wish someone would restore her to her original beauty.

  9. Oh, but it would be an amazing blog project if you were to buy this and restore it….hear me whining?

    What lovely bones this house has. I understand your fascination.

    Becky K.

  10. Think of the memories in that house… I would love to have a huge front porch like that as well.

    xoxo Laura

  11. You should look up the address in your county tax accessors office. To find out the who the owner is. Most of them are online now. It would only take a few minutes of research. It would make a great blog series of you finding the owners and telling the story. If you cant find it in the tax records, ask a local Realtor they usually know stuff like that, especially on specialty houses like that.

  12. I forgot to add that I think the house is amazing! I would love to take on a project like that and save the history, but sadly my budget does not agree!

  13. My husband and I rent an 1890’s farmhouse from my husband’s grandmother. It was the house she was born and raised in. She and her husband restored the home about 10 years ago, and we’ve happily lived there for the last 3 years. It too was built on those huge stones, like you’ve shown in these pictures. When they were restoring it, they removed some extra stones that were just lying underneath the house. My husband’s grandmother said that people from all around stopped and asked for those rocks to use as flower bed borders. Thank you for sharing this wonderful home.

  14. I love this house. It would be wonderful if someone would restore it and open it again. Thanks for the tour!

  15. WOW! It’s simply amazing! And really, it goes to show how well things were built, what care was put into them. For this to have been vacant and unkept for all this time, and it to still look this good goes to show the quality of the craftsmanship. I wish I could restore it, what a fun project that would be. I can picture it with beautiful gardens leading up to the door, beautiful!
    ~Michelle

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I know KLIEN’s in Montgomery (where I’m from). They’re an old family. Maybe related? They own an old family jewelry store. But that house for sure has to be a cotton plantation. It’s amazing it survived the Civil War.

  17. This house is called the Wallace-Klein Plantation House. It is on the state of Alabama Historic homes. It was built by the Kleins in 1841. It was put on the Historic Homes on Jan 18, 1978. Across the road Hwy 25 there is the remains of a Blacksmith Shop and a pre-Civil War Cemetary. It is said that this house is haunted. There has been several people experience unnatural happenings. The Mayor of Harpersville, Alabama would be able to tell you more about the house. There is several older homes in Harpersville that you might be interested in. There is a littel church right of the road called Klein Church.

    Hope this helps some.

  18. this house has been empty awhile. I think Harpersville Historic Society did a piece on this maybe in the daily home or something a few years back. Its a beauty! The house is known as the Wallace-Klein Plantation. I have tried to look online for more info. but have not been able to yet.

  19. Love the information that Tracy (above) provided. There were/are Kleins here in Montgomery who owned a wonderful jewelry store. Their original store was in downtown Montgomery where they erected an old clock out front which was a well known landmark. When the store closed in downtown many years ago, the clock was moved to a local mall, which is now (sadly) closed too. The clock has been relocated again but I’m not sure where it is today.
    When David and I were in Vicksburg this past winter, we toured a beautiful old plantation home owned by a Klein family. That family was also in the jewelry business!
    Maybe all these folks are connected somehow. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find out more about this house in the future. Let me know if you want a “partner in crime” and I’ll see what I can do on my end to find out more on this lovely old home.

    Judy

  20. Tracy Bentley says:

    I found that the property is own by a Mr. Wallace and he live local. Please contact me and I will foward you his address if you would like to know more about the home.

  21. How incredible she is!!! But how sad she’s been so neglected. Your pictures were fabulous in showing all her beauty from all angles. What a gorgeous house this must have been. With the stone foundation and likely rotted boards, she’s likely sadly beyond repair.
    But definitely still beautiful in her own right.

  22. I did a little research because I, too, am fascinated by old homes. This looks to be the Klein-Wallace Home. There is a little story about it being haunted in this article http://www.fightingjoewheeler.org/minutes_and_news/April_2008.pdf

    It makes me sad to see beautiful historic homes like this go to ruins. I wish all of them could be saved.

  23. I, too, think this is a home for Layla and Kevin…can you imagine what it would look like when they got finished with it…I wonder what Layla and Kevin think about folks they don’t even know suggesting they buy a home? How funny!!!

  24. Oh, to be rich and live in Alabama! That house talks to me…calls to me. I’m sure I should own it. There’s just that money thing and the distance thing and the money…

  25. Laurel Pate says:

    I live in this area and the house has been empty for as long as I remember…I still love driving by it…I love to imagine what the inside looks like and what it would like if restored.
    The mayor of Harpersville would be able to help and give you info on this home. His name is “Theo Perkins”.
    Love your blog!
    Laurel

  26. Kathy :) says:

    Wish those walls could talk !!! I hope you were not alone while peeking….one never knows !!!

    Kathy :)

  27. great place… i would love to be involved in a team doing the renovation… exciting!

  28. “There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.”

    I can’t help but think of the above when I see this house. It would be super fun to go to the local library and look up some history on the property. It would take some time but could easily be done!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Lindsay

  29. Oh, my. . . what a glorious old place! Isn’t it amazing to think that she made it through the War of Northern Aggression (sorry; I couldn’t resist), Reconstruction, the Great Depression, and two World Wars, only to be abandoned now? What a shame.

    Wouldn’t it be fun to restore a beauty like this to some of its former glory? Actually, it might be even more fun to keep the structure intact but to design the interiors around a little more simple theme than we usually associate with the antebellum South. I reckon that the Kleins were prosperous planters, but perhaps not folks of the kind of grand lifestyle that we might imagine. Sure makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

  30. Hey, I’m so glad ya’ll enjoyed seeing this Southern beauty. She is quite remarkable & it is amazing that the house is still standing & looks as good as it does. Thanks for those of you who looked up more info, that article that Grits found was really interesting. I am going to take Tracy up on the owner’s address and see what else I can find out about the house, so if I uncover anything else, I’ll be sure and report it!

    I also saw in that article that there is another Greek Revival house in the area that was a 2000 acre plantation, so I’m going to have to look that one up too.

  31. This house is about 5 miles from where I live and I swoon every time my husband and I drive by it. I always kid him about buying it and fixing it up! It has been empty for as long as I can remember, but I hope that one day somebody will resurrect it. Thanks for sharing the pictures… I have always been tempted to stop and take a look and you took care of it for me.

  32. Rhonda says:

    Rhoda~
    My husband is a native Alabama boy and I’m a west coast chick. We’re trying to get back to Alabama and buy a place to fix up. I scour the real estate websites looking for older fix-ups. I’d LOVE it if you’d post pictures of older Alabama homes on your site. Then I can dream of the day that we are living in the South again:-) ~ Rhonda

  33. I want the brand new version of this! I love old houes, but so much work. I bet this was beautiful at one time. I love how movies take you back to how it used to look and then now. So sad how bad it looks.

  34. WOW what a gorgeous house in its time. Sad that it’s fallen so far. Hopefully someone will buy it. Great job on bringing this to light!!

  35. Wow. What a house! Like everyone else, what a little time and money could accomplish!

    I loved reading the bit of history of this home. I sure hope it can be saved.

  36. Rhoda, I love old houses and I make up stories in my head about who lived there and what they did for a living. How it must have looked in its hayday. I am always saddened when I see a house in dis-repair. Oh what a little love would do to this lovely old home. I posted my porch today, it is finished except for the chair cushions, they are on their way!! If you can stand a little dose of black and white stripes pop on over, xo Kathysue

  37. Rhoda…I hope someone comes along and saves her…you can tell she was quite the beauty in her day. She needs someone to restore her and soon! Love seeing the pics.

  38. Lisa B says:

    I love old homes, and their history! Keep us updated if you find any info. about this former beauty!! LOVED the tour and pictures, thank you!!

  39. I LOVE every single thing about that house! Even the mossy stairs and cracks. I wish I could live back in the south and restore old houses.

  40. What a lovely home and post. I would have loved to been with you as you investigated this charmer. I totally understand this home calling out to you! Hopefully someone will love it again and bring it back to life. If this house were in Europe it would have never gotten to this worn-out state!
    Hugs N Herbal Blessings, Mandy

  41. Joey Feltz says:

    I think that we are sisters, separated at birth! I absolutely LOVE going and taking pictures of old things, and new things, too, that have been forgotten or are hidden away.
    What fun to imagine the people and the events that happened at that house! ‘If those walls could talk’ has never been more appropriate!
    Have fun on your adventures and thanks for sharing them!!

  42. Hi, love your site, I am a fan!!! Thank you for taking pictures, here in California we don’t really have history like that, I can actually smell the green around there, you can go to the county recorders office and find out a lot of the people who lived there. I LOVE STUFF LIKE THIS!! Hurts my heart to see a house like this, but also excitement to have the opportunity to bring this back to life, take more I would to see them!

  43. What a beautiful old place. It breaks my heart to see these beauties rotting away.

  44. I love restoration work. wish I was closer. Keep us in the loop about the house. It would be a great project to follow. In all your junking around I bet you can find someone who knows the history. Let us know!

  45. A lovely old home — I DO hope someone takes care of her and loves her!

  46. RHODA! Stop that! STOP posting pictures of decrepit old houses THAT SING THEIR SIREN SONGS AND MAKE ME WANT TO RUN OUT AND BUY THEM!!!!!!! I mean it! I’m shaking my “Grandma’s gonna take the switch to you, young lady, if you do NOT cut it out!” finger at you!!!

    LOL :)

    Seriously….Tom and I, back in VA, bought a house built around 1892. It took us 11 YEARS to renovate it! Yep! But it was soooo worth it! It had these two MAMMOTH magnolia trees out front that were just divine!

    And the thickness of the walls? I think they were at least a foot thick. They TRULY do not make them like that any more.

    Of course, that house DID have floors/walls/ceilings that stood slightly askew. I thought they were METAPHORS for my zany sense of humor that is slightly askew, too! :)

    I love our brand new home we were so blessed to be able to buy last year down here in Huntsville, but there’s no way it has the character of our house in Olde Towne Manassas, VA.

    Anyway……all jokes aside, thank you for being interested enough in that beautiful old home (they can be kind of scary, though, when they’re completely abandoned/broken down) to stop and take photos for all of us to see.

    It was a delight!!

    I hope that you feel blessed like you bless us!

    ALSO: I want to say something to you. Now, sit down for this. (okay, you’re probably already sitting, but since I’m still in my Grandma switchin’ and tellin’ ya what to do mode I thought I’d just throw in one more “do this” thing! HA!)

    I don’t know if you have kids or not.

    Either way, I wanted to wish you a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

    Truly. You are like a wonderful and magical bloggieland mother to all of us who read you.

    Now, I know that you are definitely NOT old enough to be my biological mother, but….you know what I mean.

    You share so much of your life, your wisdom, your humor, your encouragement….so much of YOU with us all on your blog and it means a tremendous amount to all of us who read you.

    In my mind (and my heart) I think that sharing like that of yourself IS EXACTLY WHAT A MOTHER SHOULD BE!

    So, you are the Queen of Mothers (I think I just mixed my metaphors there! Sorry!).

    Seriously.
    Thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much for sharing your life/talent/joy, your SELF with us.

    Thank you for that mother’s touch you bring!

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

    Many blessings to you,
    Lana

  47. meredith says:

    I came to this house 6 or 7 years ago with my sister! It’s extremely beautiful & I would love to fix up the place.

  48. I just want to say thank you for posting these pictures, i have been in the construction business for a long time and have restored alot of homes up north, and my wife is from the south, so we bought the old house that has been in her family for a long time in mississippi, and from what we can find at the local courthouse there, the house was built around 1860, her grand parents got the property around 1920 its known as the “beachwood plantation” we finally have the inside restored, 2yrs later, part of the roof had blown off about 15 yrs ago, Wow” what a job it was fixing the main beams under that side of the house, 20″x20″x40′ yep, they dont build em like that anymore, but hey i didnt mind, anything for that mississippi girl of mine, im going to put a covered porch on the back of the house and build it out of some cedar trees that we cut down at her aunts place up the road, to give it that old early 1800’s look, sorry” i didnt mean to carry on so long, but i just want to say the most “rewarding” thing to me, is when some of the locals and her kinfolk stop by, and they tell me some of the old storys about the place back in its ole glory days, and storys they remember hearing from there grand parents, Wow what great storys, and even more so, the history, my wifes dad thats 82 yrs old now, told me many years ago when we would go up to the old house, and walk around the outside, “couldn’t go inside anymore it was to unsafe at that time” that he would give anything to sit on that ole front porch again, like he did when he was a kid and eat him a glass full of cornbread and buttermilk, and to see that sparkle in my wifes eye’s when her dad got himself a full belly and took a nap on that ole front porch,after we finished it, with his ole dog, “i got in a little trouble for letting his dog come in” oops” heck she chased me, out with the broom, ha ha” anyway i just want to say to whom ever might get that old house that you showed the pictures of, in alabama, and restore it, that i can promise you that it will be the most rewarding thing to you, then you could ever imagine. Thank you and all my love, to my wife, debra, “beebug” boy how i love that mississippi girl, and her dad, rayford, “pappy” an her mom, maryann, “mammy” and a special thank you to all those that helped. workers, friends, an family, to bring this ole mississippi home back to its ole glory days! And for all those thats never been to the south?? You just have to go to understand!!! Thanks, Ron.

  49. Really liked looking at information about this house

  50. Rhoda,

    How did I ever miss this post? My heart aches when I see a dying antique house — so much history lost as well as the craftsmanship, sweat and tears that went into it.

    Did you ever locate the Greek Revival house in the area that was a 2000 acre plantation? If you posted about it please let me know.

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

  51. I live in Harpersville and own the body shop next to this house. The house belongs to the Wallace family. I was once told by someone that a woman who lived in the house during the Civil War killed several Union Soliders in the house to keep them from burning it down and killing her and her family. (That is why people say that it is haunted) That is really the only history that I have been told about this house.

  52. Melissa D. says:

    My brother re-posted this on Facebook. We grew up in Columbiana, and have always driven past that house. When we were children, our Granny told us the story about the woman who killed Union soldiers there to save her family, and that she still lives there in spirit.

  53. My grandfather dug wells. They were hired to dig a well at the Klien house. His partner was down in the bottom of the well. He was having trouble breathing. My grandfather went down to rescue him. Neither of them made it out alive. The gases over took both of them. I have the newspaper article and the house is in the back ground of the photo. As a child I drove by that big old house many many times. Something always called out to me. Later as I was doing my family research my mother told me about what happened and showed me the article. It was erie. I have also heard the tales of it being haunted.

  54. Ronald J. Foreman says:

    Hello, Rhoda:

    An interesting story.

    My wife Rebecca (Becky) is a professional harpist, and we live in Tucson, Arizona. In 1990, a local antique dealer conducted an estate sale in an upscale neighborhood here and “salted” the sale with a few antiques that had come from “an old plantation in Alabaster, Alabama.”

    One of those items, which we wound up buying, was an antique harp that Becky recognized as having been made in Paris, France, in the late eighteenth century by Jean-Henri Naderman. And we’re pretty sure now that the “old plantation” from which this harp came was this Klein-Wallace House.

    In the summer of 2006, The Antiques Roadshow came to town, and we took the harp there to see if we might be able to learn more about it. As we wheeled the harp up to the Musical Instruments table, appraiser Andrew Dipper immediately asked Becky if she wanted to tape the appraisal on camera. So off to the Green Room she went.

    You can find the episode here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200601A47.html

    Andrew Dipper dated the harp to 1776, based on the rose motif painting on the soundboard, which he said had to have been done in the royal workshops. He pointed out a spot on the column where one can faintly make out the outline of the Fleur-de-lis, the royal symbol, which evidently had been removed during the French Revolution and replaced with an inoffensive rosette.

    He did not say so directly but, putting two and two together, the harp had to have been made for Marie Antoinette, who was known to play the instrument. It probably was one of several she owned, but it is one of the few with provenance that have survived intact.

    Given the people’s antipathy for all things associated with the aristocracy, its a wonder the instrument survived at all, to say nothing of its being allowed to leave France as aristocratic heads were rolling. We’d still love to learn how that risky feat was accomplished.

  55. HI, Ronald, thanks so much for sharing your story! I don’t know much about this house at all, but used to drive by and wonder at its history. I wish someone would buy it and restore it to its former beauty. A shame to let it go completely to ruin. I loved hearing your story about this harp possibly coming from the house!! Amazing!

  56. i have always loved old houses and this one tops all my favorites! there are so fiew now days that its hard to find them in this good of shape!

  57. We stopped at this old house (The Klein-Wallace House) today, and afterwards I did some research. Here’s an interesting article about former slaves, which mentions the Klein-Wallace Plantation and the nearby Scott Plantation in Harpersvile, AL.
    http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2011/03/03/profile-descended-from-slaves-man-works-to-salvage-local-family%E2%80%99s-history/

    • I’m writing a book about Shelby Co legends and folklore. This house will be part of the book. I have talked to Mayor Perkins once about this lovely home but would still love to hear other stories if you have them. Email me at kimby.johnston at gmail.com

  58. I am a photographer at jacksonville state university. For my senior show, I am doing a series of images of abandoned places in north alabama. I shoot them at night in a certain way that makes them look surreal. I really need a house to photograph, and this house is absolutely beautiful and perfect. Is there anyone that knows the Wallace family and how I can get in contact with them about possibly photographing the place? I definitely appreciate it. thank you!

    • HI, Nikki, you might follow some of these links to see if you can locate them, but the house appears to be abandoned. Maybe you can just set up outside and shoot it without any problems. I just stopped and took these photos as I was passing by.

  59. I grew up “across the river” from where this house is located. I remember as a kid always riding by this house to go to the local flea market. I have always loved this house and always wondered why nobody ever lived in it. I was told by someone that I know that lives close by, that the family that owns it has it so tied up that it would never be sold. It is definitely one that catches the eye of everyone that passes by. Such a beautiful old place.

  60. saramae says:

    Seeing these pictures brought images of what happened to the slaves on the plantation. I would love to know more about the history of the place and the people who lived there. The house is on my places to see list.

    • Some of the slaves are behind the family cemetery just north of the home site. From what I was told, the family continues to allow descendants of the slaves to be buried there as well.

  61. Hey! I drove past this house today and my mother, and grandmother and I saw this! So of course they asked me to look it up when I got home. Do you know who owns it? Or is it just abandoned? Please get back to me! I love this house and it would be a sham if it rots from the inside out.
    – Thanks
    Paige

    • HI, Paige, I don’t know anything about the house. There are several comments about the history of the house, so see if there is anything in the comments that can help you find it. I’m sure you could find out something from the local tax office in that county. I just admired the house and wrote about it.

  62. saramae says:

    Do anyone know anything about the Wallace cemetaries? Are they locked 24-7?

    • Saramae,
      the gates were locked the last time I pulled up to them. A short walk will get you to the cemetery from the gate. If you go, please becareful near the cemetrey itself. Honeybees had made a hive in one of the big cedar trees just as you get to the burial area. They were swarming pretty bad! The slave cemetery is on around past the family site and over the hill.

      • thank you so much for that information! I plan on going there soon. I remember going to a burial there when I was a child.

  63. I know the gentleman that owns this house. I spoke to him last week and he informed me that they have done some foundation work recently in order to prevent structural damage. His immediate goal is to preserve the home and not, “restore” it as it would be a great undertaking. He is a descendent of the Wallace’s, whom built the home in 1841. Just north of the home site and across the road is the family cemetery. A tour of the home is planned in the next week or so. It might be where I can add some pictures of the interior afterwards. The owner said that he hasn’t done much except removed multiple layers of wall paper to expose the original walls. He also mentioned that the plantation once had over 5K ac, which is small compared to some “blackbelt” plantation.

  64. I’ve passed this house many times over the years. The cemetary has Matching stone gates. I remember on side had
    the inscription “To Those We Loved” It appears the gates are
    now covered up with weeds. When my husband and I stopped
    in 1974 for the first time their was a letter posted on the front door. The letter was very poignant, addressed to the person
    who had vandalized the house and fruit trees. I remember it
    went “We wouldn’t have minded you taking fruit for a pie”
    At that time there were no locked gates to either the house
    or cemetary.
    Not far from my house was the Thomas-Mill house built in
    1851. The house was maintaned by the family and the site of
    an annual family reunion. It had many beautiful features including a mahogany staircase. I talked to a neighbor who
    told me one of the decendants was Joel Thomas president of
    the University of Alabama. In the past the house had be robbed and even the well pump was stolen. Not long after my
    talk with him, the house was burned to the ground. All that remains now is the big magnolia trees and the church that is
    still open.

  65. robinson-booker says:

    I can only imagine the pain and suffering of humans living out their days being owned by other humans building a nation on the backs. Taking no thought of the consequences those actions would eventually bring. May God give all the Souls rest and repair the breach made through the…. The Evil That Men Do……

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