Near Shorterville in Henry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Showplace of the South
“The Mansion” was built in the 1830's on this site by Colonel James Bennett and his wife, Harriet M. Grace. Tradition maintains that it was the only three story antebellum home in the Chattahoochee Valley. The top floor was a ballroom. Six columns spanned the façade which included a winding staircase. “The Mansion” could be seen from the Chattahoochee River and was known by riverboat travelers as "The Showplace of the South."
James Bennett came to Alabama in 1817 with his father, Luke Bennett. They first settled on a ridge between what is now Clayton and Louisville along with James Arthur, Pious Chambers, and others.
The cemetery here holds the graves of Colonel James Bennett; Bartlett Smith Bennett, infant son; James W. Bennett, CSA; John B. Bennett, CSA; the Bennett slaves; and the construction overseer from New York, Mr. Williams, who died of pneumonia before "The Mansion"
Erected 1996 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and The Bennett Family.
Location. 31° 31.439′ N, 85° 4.343′ W. Marker is near Shorterville, Alabama, in Henry County. Marker is on County Road 47 4.5 miles south of State Route 10, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shorterville AL 36373, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Irwin Empire" (approx. 4.1 miles away); Reuben Hicklin Hall Log Home / Robert Fowler Hall Home (approx. 5.1 miles away); Chattahoochee River Crossing (approx. 5.6 miles away); Franklin - First Beachhead into East Alabama (approx. 5.6 miles away); Queen City of the Chattahoochee (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia); Fort Gaines (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia); Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia); Clay County (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia). Click for a list of all markers in Shorterville.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 87 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.