Too cold for gardening. Here’s part two of our snow of the century 2011 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. We hardly have real snow, mostly ice or freezing rain with some snow mixed in. When we do have snow, it rarely lasts over a day or so. I took the pictures after work each afternoon of the seven days the snow was on the ground. I only had about a half hour each day, so some of the homes have less snow than others. Some were taken at dusk.
Belle Mont – Isaac Winston House — an example of Palladian architecture. It is thought that Thomas Jefferson or one of his associates had a hand in designing the home. Built between 1828 and 1832 by Dr. Alexander W. Mitchell, a native of Louisa County, Virginia. These pictures were taken on day seven after our snow hit.
First Presbytterian Church — Dating from 1827, this is apparently Alabama’s oldest house of worship still standing in essentially original condition. The original slave gallery is still in place. Stained glass windows date from 1904. Helen Keller was baptized in this church.
East Burton House dates from 1906
Dr. Robert Towns Abernathy House — Abernathy House circa 1924 is a three-bay, brick “townhouse” version of the one and one-half-story Federal-period cottage. It is constructed nearly flush with the sidewalk. A servants cabin is in the back of the house. Dr. Abernathy acquired the house in 1855 when he added the side wing. He practiced medicine in Tuscumbia beginning in 1851 and was a surgeon in the Confederate service. Click The Times Daily for an article about the home on January 22:
Congressman Archibald Hill Carmichael House – The larger structure was built in 1892 around a smaller house which dates from the 1850’s. Josephus
Shackleford, prominent Baptist leader, writer, and editor of The
North Alabamian newspaper lived in the house during the 1870s. Archibald Hill Carmichael purchased it in 1892. Carmichael was an attorney who served several terms in the state legislature.
Baxter House – Another I house typical of early Tuscumbia. It may have
been built around 1840. The chimneys are concealed by weatherboarding at each gable end. John Baxter commanded Baxter’s partisan Rangers stationed in Tuscumbia during the War Between the States.
Meredith House – also called “The Myrtles” due to the numerous large crepe myrtles on the grounds. A portico faces each street of this corner lot. The porches follow a design once familiar in the Tuscumbia area, a double row of slender square columns carrying a triangular pediment. he house was built about 1838 for Colonel Samuel Meredith, Virginian and kinsman of Patrick Henry.
Anna Pybas School – Thought to be built around 1830. It was purchased by undertaker and cabinet maker Benjamin Pybas. His daughter Anna operated a private school for girls in the house.
LOCUST HILL” Rather-Kirk House – Known in the area as “Locust Hill”. The name came from the many locust trees on the grounds. This house was built in 1823 by Colonel William Winter with 13 inch thick brick walls The home was enlarged and Victorian Eastlake style porch was added later.
Halsey House — thought to have been built sometime from 1820-1830. The Victorian features were added by the Orlando Halsey family.
Young Stine built in 1835.
Information on some of the historical sites was taken from the Historical Tuscumbia Walking & Driving Tour pamphlet published by the Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau.
Some of these homes will be open for visits as part of the Tuscumbia Trolley Tuesday’s tours during the month of June. Prices are extremely reasonable and you get a refresher course in Alabama history you ignored in high school.