Near Trinity in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
This small dwelling is the last reminder of "Boxwood" plantation, the home of the Elliot family, and later of the Nevilles. Built-in 1854 of slave-made brick and occupied by the household servants it is one of the few brick plantation "quarters" surviving anywhere in Alabama. The main residence, razed in the 1950s for the widening of Alabama Highway 20, stood just to the northeast. Such brick quarters were unusual and suggest the higher status generally accorded to the household staff. its door to the outside is a typical slave-dwelling design found throughout the southern states and as far north as Maryland and Missouri. At Boxwood, log and frame cabins located further away to the south housed the enslaved workers who tilled the vast surrounding fields of cotton. Here, in the years before the Civil War, Samuel Elliott, Jr., and his wife, Elizabeth, developed a notable country estate including the boxwood gardens which gave the plantation its name. Their son, Dr. Jeremiah Pearsall Elliott, inherited Boxwood in 1870.
Erected 2015 by the Courtland Historical Foundation and Courtland Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Architecture • War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 38.038′ N, 87° 6.815′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trinity AL 35673, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Forget (approx. 6.7 miles away); Ingalls Shipyard (approx. 6.8 miles away); King's Memorial United Methodist Church (approx. 7.1 miles away); First Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Old Town Historic District (approx. 7.3 miles away); African American Heritage in Old Town Decatur, Alabama (approx. 7.3 miles away); First Railroad (approx. 7.4 miles away); Old Decatur Historic District / Historic Depot (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Samuel Elliot Jr. Samuel Elliott Jr. was a Director of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, but his first love was farming and in the 1850s he built Boxwood Plantation located just a few miles East of this cemetery. (Submitted on March 8, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.