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



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Sweetwater Marker image. Click for full size.
July 18, 2009
1. Sweetwater Marker
Inscription. Home of Major John Brahan, veteran War of 1812. Major General, Alabama Militia, who owned 4,000 acres here. Built of bricks made on the place, marble mantels imported from Italy, boxwood hedge from London. Named for spring nearby. Federal and Confederate quarters here at various times during the Civil War. Home of Brahanís son–in–law Robert M. Patton, Governor of Alabama, 1865–1868.
Erected by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 49.516′ N, 87° 38.675′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Florence Boulevard (U.S. 43) and Sweetwater Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Florence Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weeden Heights (approx. half a mile away); Deibert Park (approx. one mile away); Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Andrew Jackson's Military Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Florence Wagon Company (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cotton and Textile Mills (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Father of Rock íNí Roll / Sam Phillips in Florence (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jonathan Quinn Pettus (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Regarding Sweetwater.
Sweetwater Plantation image. Click for full size.
By W. N. Manning, March 17, 1934
2. Sweetwater Plantation
Also known as the Governor Robert Patton House. This photograph was taken for the National Register of Historic Places and is in the U.S. Library of Congress' Built in America Collection and the Wikipedia Commons collection.
The Sweetwater Plantation is in the process of being restored. It is hidden by trees and cannot be seen from the road.

Warning: The resident fiercely enforces the no-trespassing sign posted at the entrance due to repeated vandalism on the site. Information on requesting access is available on the FaceBook page for Sweetwater Mansion, Alabama.
Also see . . .  UNA Digital Collections. Sweetwater, Florence Alabama ~postcard~ (Submitted on March 21, 2010.) 
Additional comments.
1. Sweetwater Plantation (Florence, Alabama)
The Sweetwater Plantation once covered 3800 acres in NW Alabama, and was once owned by Governor Robert Patton. The Indians that once lived here called the creek Sweetwater. The Sweetwater Creek empties into the Tennessee River.
    — Submitted March 9, 2010.

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