Cedar Grove Plantation

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Cedar Grove Plantation
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Cedar Grove in 2008
Cedar Grove Plantation is located in Alabama
Cedar Grove Plantation
Cedar Grove Plantation is located in the US
Cedar Grove Plantation
Location near Faunsdale, Alabama, United States
Coordinates 32°26′52.28″N 87°34′32.80″W / 32.4478556°N 87.5757778°W / 32.4478556; -87.5757778Coordinates: 32°26′52.28″N 87°34′32.80″W / 32.4478556°N 87.5757778°W / 32.4478556; -87.5757778
Built 1848[3][4]
Architectural style Greek Revival
MPS Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings Multiple Property Submission[5]
NRHP Reference # 93000599[1][2]
Added to NRHP 13 July 1993[1]

Cedar Grove Plantation, also known as the Charles Walker House, is a Greek Revival plantation house located near Faunsdale, Marengo County, Alabama.[2] It is notable in having been the residence of Nicola Marschall for a brief period while the Walker family owned the property.[3] The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 13 July 1993 as a part of the Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings Multiple Property Submission.[1]

History[edit]

The house had its beginnings in 1830 with the construction of a two-story log house by Dougal and Malcolm McAlpin, two brothers from Scotland.[3] In 1848 Charles and Margaret Walker purchased the property and hired a builder from Virginia, Theophilus Fowler, to begin construction of the main house. The house served as the center of the large plantation, Charles Walker owned 154 slaves in 1860.[6] The former log house is believed to have been incorporated into the main house to become the dining room and a bedroom. The house remained under construction until 1858.[3]

Nicola Marschall was a friend of the Walker family and lived with them briefly at their home. The two-story schoolhouse behind the main house is believed to have been used by him as a studio during his time there. This schoolhouse served as a school for children in the area until 1925. The house remained in the Walker family until 1982.[3]

Description[edit]

The house is a two-story frame structure with a gabled roof and double veranda.[4] It is built in a vernacular Greek Revival style. The original porch was altered in 1915 from a one-story design with simple turned wooden columns, spanned by arched latticework, to the multi-level configuration with paneled box columns seen today.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Alabama: Marengo County". "Nationalhistoricalregister.com". Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Marengo County Heritage Book Committee: The heritage of Marengo County, Alabama, page 16. Clanton, Alabama: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000. ISBN 1-891647-58-X
  4. ^ a b "Marengo County". "Alabama's Front Porches". Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  5. ^ Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings MPS NRIS Database, National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Cedar Grove Plantation". "Sankofa's Slavery Data Collection". Retrieved 2008-01-19.