The Forks of Cypress plantation was established in 1818 by James and Sarah Jackson. Its home, believed the design of William Nichols, was one of Alabama's great houses, featuring perhaps the earliest peristyle colonnades in America. Built by skilled African-American artisans in slavery, The Forks stood until June 6, 1966, when it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Its surrounding brick porch with twenty-three brick columns-once plastered with a mix of lime, horsehair and molasses and topped by cypress Ionic capitals-remains on limestone foundations.
Irish-born James Jackson, engineer, turfman, merchant, financier, planter, statesman, member of the Cypress Land Company, was a founding father of Florence. He was the major figure in establishing the local textile industry. As President of the Alabama Senate, he was its key advocate of the 1832 Treaty of Cusetta.
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James Jackson's most enduring contribution was his legacy on the thoroughbred horse industry. With the purpose of improving American bloodstock. Jackson imported some of England's finest horses, most notably Leviathan, Gallopade, and Glencoe. Peytona, bred at the Forks, in 1843 won the Peyton Stakes, the flushest purse ever, and the Race between the North
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Location. 34° 50.852′ N, 87° 43.504′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Jackson Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35633, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Coffee: 1772-1833 (approx. 2 miles away); General John Coffee (approx. 2.1 miles away); Florence's Early Water Tower 1890 (approx. Ante-Bellum Cotton Mills 1840 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Capture of John A.Murrell (approx. 3.1 miles away); Gilbert Elementary School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Homer Givens (approx. 3.3 miles away); Pesthouse and Cemetery / Pestilences (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .
1. Forks of Cypress - Wikipedia including photo of plantation house. (Submitted on January 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Tour of The Forks of Cypress - YouTube. (Submitted on January 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
3. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Florence. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
4. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on plantation architecture in Alabama. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,656 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on June 1, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 22, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.