Sweetwater Mansion

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Sweetwater Mansion
Sweetwater Mansion Florence.jpg
Sweetwater Mansion in 1934
Sweetwater Mansion is located in Alabama
Sweetwater Mansion
Sweetwater Mansion is located in the United States
Sweetwater Mansion
LocationSweetwater and Florence Boulevard, Florence, Alabama
Coordinates34°49′28.2720″N 87°38′34.3320″W / 34.824520000°N 87.642870000°W / 34.824520000; -87.642870000Coordinates: 34°49′28.2720″N 87°38′34.3320″W / 34.824520000°N 87.642870000°W / 34.824520000; -87.642870000
Area8.84 acres (3.58 ha)
Built1835 (1835)
NRHP reference #76000335[1]
Added to NRHPJune 17, 1976

Sweetwater Mansion (also known as the Governor Robert Patton House), located in Florence, Alabama, is a plantation house designed by General John Brahan of the Alabama Militia. A veteran of the War of 1812, Brahan owned more than 4,000 acres in eastern Lauderdale County, Alabama. The eight room home was built of bricks manufactured on the site of Sweetwater Creek which lay just below the house. Sweetwater Mansion received its name from the creek and was first occupied by Brahan's son-in-law Robert M. Patton, a post-Civil War governor of Alabama, who completed the mansion in 1835.

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

Legends and ghost stories[edit]

Stories of paranormal activity have been told about the house for many years. Numerous apparitions have allegedly been seen in and around the house. One of the most interesting stories involves a caretaker who reported that she saw a casket laid out in one of the downstairs rooms with the corpse of a Confederate soldier inside. She later discovered she had possibly seen the body of one of Governor Patton's sons whose funeral was conducted in the house. Local paranormal investigators have investigated the property and Sweetwater Mansion was featured in an episode of A&E's Paranormal State on April 25, 2011.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  2. ^ [1] - "Paranormal State: Southern Discomfort at Sweetwater Mansion
  3. ^ Bernie Delinski (30 October 2011). "Sweetwater Mansion site of paranormal activity hunters". Times Daily.
  4. ^ Johnston, Debra (2003). Skeletons In The Closet: More True Ghost Stories of the Shoals Area. Self Published. pp. 51–55. ISBN 978-0-9752767-1-6.
  5. ^ Penot, Jessica (2010). Haunted North Alabama. Charleston, SC: History Press. pp. 123–125. ISBN 978-1-59629-990-0.

External links[edit]

Media related to Gov. Robert Patton House at Wikimedia Commons