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Leeds in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Jonathan Bass House Museum

Circa 1863

 
 
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By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
1. Jonathan Bass House Museum Marker
Inscription. Jonathan Bass was born January 30, 1837, in Jefferson County. His father arrived in Jefferson County in 1816, and Jonathan was a life-long resident. Although the Bass House was under construction as early as 1863, Jonathan left the farm to join the Confederate Army in 1861. He finished the front two rooms when he returned from the war. Ruteria Watson married Jonathan on December 6, 1865. They built their home and left their descendants an uncommon example of architecture with unusual decorative elements of wood graining in the front parlors and stenciling on the ceiling of the Great Hall. The painted ceiling design in the Men's Parlor that depicts a billiard table is a rare feature in American architecture, unique for its time and place.
 
Erected 2006 by Leeds Historical Society / Alabama Landmarks and Heritage.
 
Location. 33° 32.442′ N, 86° 33.492′ W. Marker is in Leeds, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Montevallo Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1129 Montevallo Road, Leeds AL 35094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipients (approx. mile away); Leeds Benchmarks In History
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By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
2. Jonathan Bass House Museum Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); John Henry (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Depot (approx. 1.1 miles away); Shiloh Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rowan House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mt. Hebron School (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mt. Hebron Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leeds.
 
Also see . . .  Jonathan Bass House Museum. (Submitted on November 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Previous Occupants
My family and I lived in the Bass House from 1995 until the date of its sale to the Leeds Historical Society. We purchased the house from our home Church (Bold Springs) and then later sold the house to the Historical Society due to the divorce of my parents. We have many great memories in that house, and enjoyed doing projects to fix it up, such as hand cutting the pickets for the fence around the house. Many long hours were spent restoring the floors, walls, raising the roof to its original elevation, etc. of this great house. It is
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By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
3. Jonathan Bass House Museum
bittersweet each time I travel back to Leeds to visit friends and see the house. On my last trip, it was closed, but I was able to walk around outside a little bit with our old neighbor, Mr. Blair. Thank you for posting these pictures :) Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted November 30, 2009, by Mandi O'Mara of Bainbridge, Georgia.

2. Childhood memories
In the 1960's, my family lived across the field behind the Bass House. I spent many days playing in the back area of the house and outside in the yard. Mrs. Bass lived in the home then and even though we probably drove her crazy, she never showed it. She always seemed happy to walk with us and tell us stories of the home.

There was at one time an old dilapidated barn near the edge of the field. Every winter, my family and our neighbors would make guesses as to whether this would be the year that it would fall down. We weren't allowed to go in the barn, but once in a while, me and the other kids would sneak in. One day, some men in trucks came out and knocked it down at Mrs. Bass' request.

I have wonderful memories of the place and I would love to come back and visit it. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor
The Painted Ceiling In The Men's Parlor That Depicts A Billiard Table. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
4. The Painted Ceiling In The Men's Parlor That Depicts A Billiard Table.
   
    — Submitted April 2, 2011, by Jean Fiester of Hiram, Georgia.

 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
The Men's Parlor. Jonathan Bass House image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
5. The Men's Parlor. Jonathan Bass House
Example Of The Stenciling On The Ceiling. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
6. Example Of The Stenciling On The Ceiling.
The Great Hall. Jonathan Bass House. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
7. The Great Hall. Jonathan Bass House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,029 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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