1. The Petty-Roberts-Beatty House
Locals know this establishment as the "Octagon House" because of its eight-sided, wrap-around column porch and geometric structure. The building is the only surviving octagonal antebellum home in Alabama, and was declared an Alabama Historical Landmark in 1974. The house is now owned by the City of Clayton, and tours are offered of the notable property.
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2. Booker T. Washington's House
Referred to as The Oaks, this three-story home is noted for its red brick and Queen Anne-styled architecture. Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee University, resided there with his family until his death in 1915. The home is now maintained by the National Park Service, and sits on acres of beautifully maintained gardens and pastures.
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3. The Historic Oakleigh House
With a story that reflects the rich history of Mobile, this home is a testament to the antebellum South. The two-story, 19th century plantation house offers tours of several authentic era-themed rooms, and guides discuss the history surrounding the home's development. Its Greek Revival architecture is unique within the port city, making this home well worth a visit.
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4. The Gaineswood Antebellum House
This historic home-turned-musuem sits as the centerpiece of the Gaineswood plantation. With furnishings from the original house still on display, it boasts the authentic style of 1861. The National Historic Landmark carries elements of Greek Revival architecture, particularly seen in the porch and massive columns.
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5. The Richards DAR House Museum
This home is widely admired for its Victorian-era Italianate architecture. With a cast-iron facade of intricate lace, this house is a promenent display of the antebellum period in which it was built. The elegance of the building is reflected equally on the interior and exterior, with many Daughters of the Revolution having donated 19th century paintings and antiques for its display.
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