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Near Shorterville in Henry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Showplace of the South

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
1. Showplace of the South Marker
Inscription.
Side 1
“The Mansion” was built in the 1830's on this site by Colonel James Bennett and his wife, Harriet M. Grace. Tradition maintains that it was the only three story antebellum home in the Chattahoochee Valley. The top floor was a ballroom. Six columns spanned the façade which included a winding staircase. “The Mansion” could be seen from the Chattahoochee River and was known by riverboat travelers as "The Showplace of the South."

James Bennett came to Alabama in 1817 with his father, Luke Bennett. They first settled on a ridge between what is now Clayton and Louisville along with James Arthur, Pious Chambers, and others.
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Side 2
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“The Mansion” later burned to the ground leaving only the kitchen standing. Its construction is of 10"x10" beams set on concrete blocks made of sand and pebbles from the property. Cut nails and large steel spikes were used throughout the building.

The cemetery here holds the graves of Colonel James Bennett; Bartlett Smith Bennett, infant son; James W. Bennett, CSA; John B. Bennett, CSA; the Bennett slaves; and the construction overseer from New York, Mr. Williams, who died of pneumonia before "The Mansion"
Showplace of the South Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
2. Showplace of the South Marker (reverse)
was completed. Harriet Grace Bennett rests in an unmarked grave in the Shorterville Baptist Church cemetery near her son Thomas.
 
Erected 1996 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and The Bennett Family.
 
Location. 31° 31.439′ N, 85° 4.343′ W. Marker is near Shorterville, Alabama, in Henry County. Marker is on County Road 47 4.5 miles south of State Route 10, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shorterville AL 36373, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Irwin Empire" (approx. 4.1 miles away); Reuben Hicklin Hall Log Home / Robert Fowler Hall Home (approx. 5.1 miles away); Chattahoochee River Crossing (approx. 5.6 miles away); Franklin - First Beachhead into East Alabama (approx. 5.6 miles away); Queen City of the Chattahoochee (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia); Fort Gaines (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia); Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia); Clay County (approx. 5.7 miles away in Georgia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shorterville.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Showplace of the South Location image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
3. Showplace of the South Location
Showplace of the South Location image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
4. Showplace of the South Location
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 100 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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