Idlewild (Talladega, Alabama)

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Idlewild
Idlewild Talladega Alabama USA.jpeg
Idlewild in 2010
Idlewild (Talladega, Alabama) is located in Alabama
Idlewild (Talladega, Alabama)
Nearest city Talladega, Alabama
Coordinates 33°30′37″N 86°2′45″W / 33.51028°N 86.04583°W / 33.51028; -86.04583Coordinates: 33°30′37″N 86°2′45″W / 33.51028°N 86.04583°W / 33.51028; -86.04583
Area 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Built 1843
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 93001012[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1993
Designated ARLH March 19, 1993[2]

Idlewild is a historic plantation house and historic district just east of Talladega, Alabama, United States. The property was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, due to its architectural significance.[1]

History[edit]

William Blount McClellan and wife Martha

After settling with his family in Talladega County, just east of the city of Talladega, William Blount McClellan established the plantation of Idlewild and built the house that stands today in 1843. The 1860 United States Census records him as having 46 African slaves.

William B. McClellan was born on January 22, 1798 in Knox County, Tennessee, and died on October 11, 1881 in Talladega County, Alabama. He married Martha Thompson Roby (b. November 18, 1809, Georgia, d. January 30, 1858, Talladega County, Alabama) on June 30, 1825 and together they had 16 children. William B. McClellan was a graduate of West Point, a brigadier-general of local Alabama militia, and later a colonel in the Confederate States Army.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". preserveala.org. Alabama Historical Commission. June 21, 2013. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Camille A.; Melanie A. Betz (January 8, 1993). "Idlewild". National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.  See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.