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

Rowan House

 
 
Rowan House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 15, 2009
1. Rowan House Marker
Inscription. Thomas Rowan, son of Irish immigrants who settled in St. Clair County, Alabama, purchased his first 130 acres at auction and built a house here by c. 1854 that probably forms the core of the two northeast rooms. Heir John Thomas Rowan and his wife, Ada Scott Rowan, enlarged the house to its present turn-of-the-century farmhouse form about 1904. The Rowans were prominent farmers and landowners in the Cahaba Valley for three generations, at one time owning much of the land on this section of the Ashville - Montevallo Road. The last family member to live in the house died in 1979, after which the property declined. In 1998 builder Charles Kessler Jr. purchased the property to develop Woodruff Farms. The Leeds Historical Society convinced Kessler to donate the lot to the Society. Volunteer workers restored the badly deteriorated house. It was dedicated to the people of the community in April 2000.
 
Erected 2000 by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 33° 31.494′ N, 86° 34.674′ W. Marker is in Leeds, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Montevallo Road (Alabama Route 119) near Woodruff Parkway, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Montevallo Road, Leeds AL 35094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Rowan House & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
2. Rowan House & Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipients (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jonathan Bass House Museum (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mt. Hebron School (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mt. Hebron Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Leeds Benchmarks In History (approx. 2.4 miles away); John Henry (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Depot (approx. 2.6 miles away); Shiloh Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leeds.
 
Also see . . .  Rowan Oaks Historical Home. (Submitted on November 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AgricultureAntebellum South, USNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Rowan House image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
3. Rowan House
Rowan Oaks, circa 1904, restored 1999, Leeds Historical Society image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 27, 2013
4. Rowan Oaks, circa 1904, restored 1999, Leeds Historical Society
Woodruff Farms Sign Next To The Rowan House image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
5. Woodruff Farms Sign Next To The Rowan House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,096 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   4. submitted on November 7, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on November 21, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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