“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Tanner in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Gamble House

Gamble House Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, April 17, 2018
1. Gamble House Marker (front)
One of the oldest brick houses in the country. It was built, circa 1822-28, by Wm. Parham for Joseph Johnston, the original landowner. It displays both Georgian and Federal influences in its style and details. A molded brick water table and elaborate cornice on both the front and back display the exceptional degree of the brick masons' skills. The usual plan of a central hall was eliminated. Instead, two parallel entrances open into the lower rooms, both front and back. The massive exterior end chimneys and tall, narrow profile give the house its imposing appearance. The house has had several owners during its existence but has been owned by members of the Gamble family for well over a century.
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A house of this age would have many stories to tell. Some would be of its early days as the "Big House", the center of a cotton plantation, others would be of the births, marriages, and deaths of it's occupants. Still, other stories might be of the "ghostly" occurrences there, the strange unexplained sounds, the
Gamble House Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, April 17, 2018
2. Gamble House Marker reverse
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rattling of chains and the mysterious "touching" experienced by John Girault Gamble, who was born in the house.

A pane in one of the transoms had been shot out years before and was found to be broken many times thereafter requiring replacement over and over. These and the tales of balls of "fox fire" rising from the nearby cemetery, contribute to the legacy of this old house.
Erected 2014 by Limestone County Historical Society and The Athens-Limestone Tourism Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
Location. 34° 43.841′ N, 86° 55.372′ W. Marker is near Tanner, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Huntsville Browns-Ferry Road (County Route 24) 0.7 miles east of Interstate 65, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens AL 35613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cotton Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cambridge (approx. 2½ miles away); Limestone County Tornado Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Harris-Pryor House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Gen. N.B. Forrest, C.S.A. (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pleasant Hill (approx. 5.2 miles away); Oakland United Methodist Church
Gamble House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, April 17, 2018
3. Gamble House
(approx. 5.3 miles away); Coleman Family (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tanner.
Additional commentary.
1. Marker stolen.
This marker was stolen last week and the Limestone County Historical Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for taking the markers. This is the third marker stolen recently in Limestone County and there is possibility they will not be replaced.

Update: An Ardmore, Alabama man was arrested on June 16th in connection with the theft of this, and two other Limestone County historical markers. The markers were subsequently recovered from a storage unit.

Update #2: As of July 28th the marker has been reinstalled at it's same location.
    — Submitted June 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 941 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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