Barton Hall - A National Historic Landmark
Colbert County, Alabama
- Big Game Hunting
- Ranching / Farming
This awe-inspiring antebellum mansion situated on 81.0± acres of beautiful, fertile, rolling fields and forests is an idyllic place to entertain family and friends. If you have dreams of a larger estate, an additional 164± acres of income producing farm land is being offered. The 150 year old cedars lining the oval driveway frame an impressive approach to the surrounding grounds with their massive oaks, magnolias, maples, pecans, and tulip poplars. This Greek revival masterpiece is perfect for resort style living in a country setting that is centrally located between Nashville, Memphis, and Birmingham, and only minutes from the Muscle Shoals area with its legendary recording studios. Within 40 minutes’ drive you can be playing any of three Robert Trent Jones 18-hole championship golf courses with their amazing vistas of Wilson Lake. Less than five minutes away you have access to the 43,000 acre Pickwick Lake where you can partake of fly fishing for striped bass, walleyes, and record bronze backs, kayaking, rowing, windsurfing, powerboating, and wakeboarding. If you prefer land sports your plantation and the surrounding area feature beautiful creeks, limestone cliffs and caves, hiking, plus motocross, ATV, mountain bike, and horse trails. Whether your passion is hunting white-tail deer, hogs, turkey, migratory birds, or watching humming birds, song birds, or hawks, osprey, and eagles, you will always be inspired by the diversity and abundance of wildlife.
Barton Hall was selected as a National Historic Landmark in 1973 because it “possesses exceptional value and quality in illustrating the heritage of the United States.” (Barely 2,500 structures have been honored with the designation of National Historic Landmark and include the likes of The Whitehouse, Monticello, Lincoln’s Home, the Alamo, and the Biltmore Estate.) The main dwelling with its 12 and 13 foot high ceilings, heart pine floors, generously large windows throughout, and its breath-taking 40 foot high entrance hall has 7,600± sf of heated, naturally well-lit space. The “Big House” has been described by scholars and architectural historians as "one of the best representations of Greek-Revival Architecture in America." The master craftsmen that labored close to a decade to interpret and construct the original owners’ dream home produced a true work of art with near perfect proportions and symmetry such that it belies the sheer scale of the structure. The spacious double parlors with their massive pocket doors, uniquely patterned walnut floors, crystal chandeliers, and understated double rams-horn plaster work are the perfect setting for large celebrations and holiday dinners with family and friends. The library with its bookcase lined walls and wood-burning fireplace offers a cozy hideaway when you want to curl up with your latest novel. The well-appointed 600+ sf “family kitchen wing” features: separate, Sub-Zero, full-size refrigerator and freezer; Thermador double oven, micro-waive, warming drawer, and gas cook top; two Kitchen-Aide dishwashers; his & her sinks/prep-areas; expansive island with seating; clay tile floor; and a working fireplace to warm your hands and toes when snow is on the ground. The kitchen wing is adjoined by a spacious sun-reading-breakfast porch with views of the rolling farmland and the 8-stall horse barn. In the late afternoons you can traverse the grand, spiral stair case to the roof-top “widow’s walk” to enjoy mint juleps and survey the natural beauty of your plantation. Additional by-gone amenities of the main house include: a total of ten fireplaces; hand-crafted, 8+ foot tall, solid wood exterior and interior doors with solid brass hardware; hydronic heat system; a large, hand-cut, limestone patio flanked by the two single-storied wings of the home; and each main-floor room boasts a full, hand-laid limestone foundation that has supported the amazingly stable structure for over 175 years. Barton Hall is best known for the extent and beauty of its hand-crafted, detailed entablature, and its truly unique “double reverse spiral staircase.” An amazing work of artistic craftsmanship and awe-inspiring engineering, the staircase ascends in a series of double flights and bridge-like landings to the earlier mentioned observatory on the rooftop that offers breathtaking sunset vistas of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Supporting plantation buildings and structures include: a 1,500± sf out-kitchen/servants’ quarters with 13 inch thick Flemish bond brick walls, the original cooks’ fireplace complete with cast iron cooking crane, and root cellar; 6,000± sf workshop (AKA: man-toys storage area); 8-stall oak horse barn with tack and feed rooms, and hay loft; 2-car detached garage with side building; Delco house (originally build to electrify the home 100+ years ago, but now serves as a potting and garden shed); two brick cisterns with a combined capacity of 20,000± gals; hand-dug well; 3 obelisk shaped, stone hitching posts and mounting block; hand-cut stone and brick Spring House (originally served as the “walk-in cooler” for the plantation, but now serves as the pump house for the sweet spring water that flows naturally from the hill-side and supplies the plantation; one remaining hand-hewn Yellow-Poplar log cabin that served as slave quarters; and many archeological sites of the former plantation support structures waiting to be discovered.
Brown Creek, a year-round-flowing tributary of Pickwick Lake winds its way lazily through the length of the plantation property on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Barton Hall, also known as the Cunningham Plantation, is listed in the Library of Congress, has been featured in a host of magazines, and has graced the pages of an impressive line-up of coffee-table books. This wonderful, well-preserved antebellum plantation home can be experienced by appointment only.
Offered for Sale by Mossy Oak Properties - SELW