Hawthorne (Prairieville, Alabama)

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Hawthorne Plantation Prairieville.jpg
Hawthorne as it appeared in 1898
Hawthorne (Prairieville, Alabama) is located in Alabama
Hawthorne (Prairieville, Alabama)
Nearest city Prairieville, Alabama(Now Gallion)
Coordinates 32°30′50″N 87°41′59″W / 32.51389°N 87.69972°W / 32.51389; -87.69972Coordinates: 32°30′50″N 87°41′59″W / 32.51389°N 87.69972°W / 32.51389; -87.69972
Built 1818, renovated 1862
Architect Tayloe, J. W.
Architectural style Italian Villa
Governing body Private
MPS Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings Multiple Property Submission
NRHP Reference # 94000694[1]
Added to NRHP July 7, 1994

Hawthorne, also known as the Browder Place and Davis House, is a historic Italianate plantation house and historic district in Prairieville, Alabama, USA. This area of Hale County was included in Marengo County before the creation of Hale in 1867.[2] Hawthorne is included in the Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings Multiple Property Submission.[3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 7, 1994, due to its architectural significance.[1]


Construction on Hawthorne began in 1818. It was eventually enlarged to a large house with over 30 rooms and a full basement by the Manning family.[2] The property was later purchased by Dr. James Daniel Browder; by the end of the Civil War he had down sized most of the existing structure and completed the house as it stands today. The architect for the project was J. W. Tayloe, a local gentleman-builder. He and the client designed the house with inspiration drawn from Samuel Sloan's 1852 publication of The Model Architect.[4] The house and surrounding grounds, including Dr. Benjamin Duggar's office, were purchased by Joe Lee Davis and Ernestine Davis in the 1950s and remain in that family.[4]


Hawthorne is built in the Italian Villa style. It comprises a main two-story block, a three-story tower, and an adjoining one-story wing. A one-story porch with corbel brackets wraps around the main block of the house. The gables and eaves on the main section and tower are also bracketed. Numerous French doors open onto the porch from the parlor and dining room. The tower contains an arched entrance vestibule at the base. It originally had arched windows on the third level, as well as decorative woodwork on the second level and around the ground floor archway. The tower windows have been replaced by simple square sash windows and the decorative details have been simplified with the addition of synthetic siding.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Marengo County Heritage Book Committee (2000). The heritage of Marengo County, Alabama. Clanton, Alabama: Heritage Publishing Consultants. pp. 20, 145, 146. ISBN 1-891647-58-X. 
  3. ^ Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings MPS NRIS Database, National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  4. ^ a b Cooper, Chip; Harry J. Knopke; Robert S. Gamble (1993). Silent in the Land. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: CKM Press. pp. 144, 182. ISBN 0-9636713-0-8.