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

Belle Mont

 
 
Belle Mont Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 6, 2009
1. Belle Mont Mansion Marker
Inscription.  Built between 1828 and 1832, Belle Mont is a foremost example of Jeffersonian Palladian Architecture in the deep south and one of Alabama's first great plantation houses.

It was build for Dr. Alexander W. Mitchell, a native of Virginia, and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and one of the first large scale~ planters and slaveholders in this area.

In 1833 this 1,680~ acre plantation was sold by Mitchell to another Virginian Native, Isaac Winston. Winston, also a prominent planter and strong supporter of the Confederacy, was the uncle of Alabama's first native born Governor, John Anthony Winston. Belle Monte remained in the hands of Winston heirs until 1941.

In 1983 the house and 33 surrounding acres were donated to the Alabama Historical Commission.

National Register of Historic Places February 23, 1982
 
Erected 1992 by Alabama State Society National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitecture
Belle Mont Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 6, 2009
2. Belle Mont Mansion
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Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the The Colonial Dames XVII Century, National Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 23, 1927.
 
Location. 34° 39.957′ N, 87° 40.051′ W. Marker is in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is on Cook Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia AL 35674, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Alabama (approx. 3.7 miles away); William Leigh (approx. 4 miles away); Tuscumbia's Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Trenholm High School (approx. 4˝ miles away); Sacred Tears (approx. 4.9 miles away); Jackson's Military Road (approx. 4.9 miles away); Cold Water Falls (approx. 4.9 miles away); Tuscumbia Big Spring (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscumbia.
 
Belle Mont Mansion~Side View image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 6, 2009
3. Belle Mont Mansion~Side View
Side View
Belle Mont Mansion ~Back of Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 6, 2009
4. Belle Mont Mansion ~Back of Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 2,132 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 6, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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