Marvelous Old Mansions: And Other Southern Treasures


Southerners have always been proud of their heritage, and there is no place where this pride shows more than the restoration of historic homes.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Southern landowners built lavish testaments to their wealth. After the Civil War, many of these once-wealthy planters found themselves struggling financially. As a result, some of these architectural treasures were lost.

Beginning in 1858 with the chartering ...

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Southerners have always been proud of their heritage, and there is no place where this pride shows more than the restoration of historic homes.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Southern landowners built lavish testaments to their wealth. After the Civil War, many of these once-wealthy planters found themselves struggling financially. As a result, some of these architectural treasures were lost.

Beginning in 1858 with the chartering of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, Southerners began to preserve and restore their grand old homes. Organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of the Confederacy, as well as historic foundations all rallied to preserve what Sherman's March to the Sea and America's march toward progress had not yet destroyed.

In Marvelous Old Mansions and Other Southern Treasures, you'll find 132 historic homes, eight gardens, and thirteen living villages or historic districts. These sites are located throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Some of the mansions were the homes of famous men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. Others were home to less-known men who poured their heart, soul, and fortune into their property. Certain houses may seem less grand than others at first glance, but they all played important roles in the history of their home states.

Whether you're interested in architecture, interior decorating, antiques, and history or are simply looking for a way to spend an enjoyable day, this book will expose you to some of America's most lasting treasures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895872272
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 827,103
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Alabama 1
Mobile 3
Oakleigh Mansion 4
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion 5
Bellingrath Gardens 6
Conde-Charlotte House 7
Richards D.A.R. House 8
Eufaula 9
Fendall Hall 9
Montgomery 10
First White House of the Confederacy 11
Selma 12
Sturdivant Hall 12
Dempolis 13
Gaineswood 13
Bluff Hall 15
Eutaw 16
Kirkwood 16
Birmingham 17
Arlington 17
Mooresville 18
Valley Head 19
Winston Place 19
Florida 21
Tallahassee 23
The Knott House 23
Brokaw-McDougall House 24
Goodwood Museum and Gardens 25
Old Capitol Museum 27
Gamble Plantation, Ellenton 28
Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven 29
Historic Haile Homestead, Gainesville 30
St. Augustine 31
Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville 32
Georgia 35
LaGrange 37
Bellevue 37
Westville Village, Lumpkin 38
Thomasville 39
Pebble Hill Plantation 40
Jekyll Island Club Historic District 42
Savannah 41
The Green-Meldrim House 43
Isaiah Davenport House 44
Juliette Gordon Low House 45
The Owens-Thomas House 46
The Telfair Mansion 47
Macon 48
The Cannonball House 49
The Hay House 50
The Woodruff House 51
Milledgeville 52
The Old Governor's Mansion 52
Stetson-Sanford House 53
Washington 54
Robert Toombs House 55
Madison 56
Heritage Hall 56
Athens 57
Church-Waddel-Brumby House 58
Taylor-Grady House 58
Roswell 59
Bulloch Hall 60
Dickey Plantation, Stone Mountain 61
Louisiana 63
New Orleans 65
Hermann-Grima House 65
Gallier House 66
River Road Plantations 67
Destrehan Plantation 68
San Francisco Plantation 69
Oak Alley Plantation 71
St. Francisville 72
Rosedown Plantation 73
Oakley Plantation 75
The Myrtles Plantation 76
Houmas House Plantation 77
Madewood Plantation 78
Nottoway Plantation 79
Evergreen Plantation 81
Melrose Plantation 82
Hodges Gardens 84
Bayou Country 84
Acadian Village and Vermilionville, Lafayette 85
Chretien Point Plantation 85
Shadows-on-the-Teche 87
Mississippi 89
Biloxi 91
Beauvoir 91
Natchez 92
Auburn 94
D'Evereux 95
Dunleith Plantation 95
Longwood 97
Magnolia Hall 98
Melrose 99
Monmouth Plantation 100
Rosalie 101
Stanton Hall 103
Vicksburg 104
Anchuca 105
Balfour House 106
Cedar Grove 107
Duff Green Mansion 108
Old Capitol Museum, Jackson 108
Meridian 109
Merrehope 109
Columbus 110
Rosewood Manor 111
Temple Heights 112
Waverley Plantation 114
Florewood River Plantation, Greenwood 116
Oxford 115
Rowan Oak 117
Holly Springs 117
Walter Place 118
North Carolina 121
Wilmington and the Cape Fear Coast 123
The Bellamy Mansion 123
The Burgwin-Wright House 124
The Latimer House 125
Orton Plantation Gardens 126
Poplar Grove Plantation 127
New Bern 128
Attmore-Oliver House 129
Tryon Palace 130
Somerset Place 131
Hope Plantation 133
Historic Edenton 134
Raleigh 135
The North Carolina Executive Mansion 136
Haywood Hall 137
Mordecai House 138
House in the Horseshoe 140
Greensboro 141
Blandwood Mansion 142
Old Salem, Winston-Salem 143
The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite 144
Biltmore Estate, Asheville 145
South Carolina 147
Historic Beaufort 149
Charleston 150
Drayton Hall 151
Aiken-Rhett House 152
Middleton Place, Charleston 153
Edmondston-Alston House 154
Heyward-Washington House 155
Joseph Manigault House 157
Nathaniel Russell House 158
Boone Hall Plantation 159
Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner 160
Hampton Plantation 161
Columbia 162
Hampton-Preston Mansion 162
Robert Mills House 164
Rose Hill Plantation 165
Fort Hill House 166
Pendleton 167
Ashtabula Plantation 168
Woodburn Plantation 169
The Burt Stark Mansion 170
Redcliffe Plantation 171
Tennessee 173
Memphis 175
The Mallory-Neely House 175
The Hunt-Phelan Home 176
Columbia 178
The Athenaeum 178
The James K. Polk Home 179
Rattle & Snap 180
Rippavilla Plantation, Spring Hill 183
Carnton Plantation, Franklin 184
Nashville 185
Belle Meade Plantation 186
Belmont Mansion 187
Cheekwood 189
The Hermitage, Hermitage 188
Cragfont, Gallatin 190
Historic Rugby 191
Oaklands Plantation, Murfreesboro 192
Virginia 195
Bacon's Castle, Surry 197
Carter's Grove, Williamsburg 198
Colonial Williamsburg 200
James River Plantations 201
Sherwood Forest Plantation 201
Shirley Plantation 203
Berkeley Plantation 204
Richmond 205
Wilton House Museum 206
White House of The Confederacy 207
Fredericksburg 208
Chatham Manor 208
Kenmore 210
Stratford Hall Plantation, Stratford 211
Woodlawn Plantation, Alexandria 213
Mount Vernon 214
Leesburg 217
Morven Park 217
Oatlands Plantation 218
Charlottesville 219
Monticello 220
Ash Lawn-Highland 222
Montpelier, Montpelier Station 223
Lynchburg 225
Point Of Honor 225
Poplar Forest 226
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