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Dixon Home Place / History of the Dixon Home

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, March 5, 2019
1. Dixon Home Place Marker
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Dixon Home Place
Four generations of Dixons, each promoting the management of trees as a renewable resource, made their living in forestry on this ground thereby contributing significantly to Alabama’s economy and forest industry.

Jeremiah Dixon II, the son of Revolutionary War Private Jeremiah Dixon, was the first Dixon family member to settle here sometime between 1815 and 1830. This land was passed down through four successive generations: Jeremiah to his son, Wiley Dixon; Wiley to his son, Napoleon Bonepart Dixon; and Napoleon Bonepart’s son, Solon Dixon, eventually inherited the property.

Napoleon’s sons, Solon and Charles Dixon, both raised in this home, became successful forest products industrialists and recognized conservationists.

In 1978, Solon and his wife, Martha, donated the land and a gift to Auburn University to build the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Solon Dixon stated at the Dedication in 1979, "Standing on the very ground which our ancestors homesteaded many years ago, we see the beginning of a learning and research center which will last far beyond our
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By Mark Hilton, March 5, 2019
2. History of the Dixon Home Marker
lifetimes."

History of the Dixon Home
The Dixon home, built in the 1850’s and moved to this site in the 1870’s, is framed with locally milled pine and was originally constructed as a two-room "dogtrot" with an open porch in front and rear. The home features hand-planed boards on the walls and ceilings and pegged window sashes in the two main rooms.

The rear porch and center breezeway were enclosed to create interior rooms sometime after 1900. Also, a separate two-room kitchen structure was built at the rear, perpendicular to the main home and connected via a covered porch. The home features two riverbank limestone chimneys built with bricks cut from the banks of the nearby Conecuh River.

Originally surrounded by outbuildings related to the Dixon’s forestry operations, the Dixon home is now the center of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center.

The house was added in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 2005.
 
Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 31° 9.801′ N, 86° 42.15′ W. Marker is near Andalusia, Alabama, in Escambia County. Marker is on Dixon Center Road 1.6 miles north of U.S. 29, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is
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3. The Dixon Home and marker.
at or near this postal address: 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia AL 36420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Damascus Travelers Well (approx. 9 miles away); Montezuma (approx. 16.3 miles away); The Horseshoe Lumber Company / River Falls Power Company (approx. 16.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  History of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. (Submitted on March 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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The Dixon home is the center of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 5, 2019
4. The Dixon home is the center of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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