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

The President's Mansion

The President's Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, November 17, 2008
1. The President's Mansion Marker
Inscription.  In 1838 The University of Alabama Board of Trustees appropriated funds for a more suitable residence for the University's new president Basil Manly. The mansion on this site was built between 1839 and 1841 from plans provided by Michael Barry who served as architect and building superintendent for the project. Although Manly, the mansions first occupant was a very popular president, the legislature regarded the structure as unnecessarily lavish. According to tradition, Louisa Frances Garland, wife of President Landon C. Garland, valiantly saved the stately residence from destruction when Union Troops under the command of Major General John T. Croxten destroyed the campus on April 4, 1865. The mansion, which has undergone a number of restorations assumed its predominantly white appearance in 1908.
Erected by The University Of Alabama.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1911.
Location. 33° 12.564′ N, 87° 32.766′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa
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County. Marker is on University Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35487, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Denny Chimes (within shouting distance of this marker); University of Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Alabama (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); University of Alabama Civil War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Rotunda Plaza (about 800 feet away); Kappa Delta (about 800 feet away); Malone Hood Plaza (about 800 feet away); Autherine Lucy Foster (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
More about this marker. The President's Mansion is located on the campus of the University of Alabama off University Blvd between Colonial Drive and 6th Ave directly across from the Denny Chimes Tower.
Regarding The President's Mansion. The marker has misspelled the name of Union Major General John Thomas Croxton.
The President's Mansion & Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr
2. The President's Mansion & Marker
The President's Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr
3. The President's Mansion
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,959 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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