Overton Farm

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Overton Farm
OVERTON FARM, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL.jpg
Overton Farm is located in Alabama
Overton Farm
Overton Farm is located in the United States
Overton Farm
Nearest cityHodges, Alabama
Coordinates34°23′5″N 87°57′30″W / 34.38472°N 87.95833°W / 34.38472; -87.95833Coordinates: 34°23′5″N 87°57′30″W / 34.38472°N 87.95833°W / 34.38472; -87.95833
Area8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built1819 (1819)
Built byAbner Overton
Architectural styleDogtrot, Log Cabin
NRHP reference #73000344[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 3, 1973

Overton Farm is a historic farm house near Hodges, Alabama. The farmstead was founded by Abner Overton, a traveling tobacco merchant from Raleigh, North Carolina. Overton purchased 160 acres (65 ha) in a bend of Bear Creek in 1817. Overton constructed a one-room log cabin in 1819, and gradually added to the house until it consisted of five rooms. Only two rooms of the house remain, separated by a dogtrot breezeway. The original west room originally had a stone chimney in the gable end, but it is no longer standing. The farm was operated by the Overton family until 1946 and was purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1969 as part of the land affected by the construction of Bear Creek Dam.[2] The farm was restored by the Northwest Alabama State Junior College in the 1970s and used as an educational center until 2013.[3] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Floyd, W. Warner (July 17, 1973). "Overton Farm". National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. National Park Service. Archived from the original on October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived from the original on October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Singleton, Kellie (January 21, 2014). "Morrow working to get historical site preserved". Franklin County Times. Archived from the original on October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.