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Belle Mina in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Belle Mina / Woodside

 
 
Belle Mina Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2009
1. Belle Mina Marker
Inscription.
Marker Front
Thomas Bibb built this grand house in 1826 and named it "Belle Manor" (beautiful home), but local pronunciation altered it to "Belle Mina". The home which stayed in the Bibb family until 1940 was the seat of Bibb's large plantation and furnished the name of the small town nearby. The town of Belle Mina developed around a railroad station intended for the nearby town of Mooresville, the residents of which didn't want it built too close to their homes and business.

While serving as president of the Alabama senate, Thomas Bibb ascended to the office of Governor when his brother William Wyatt Bibb, then holding that office was accidentally killed in a fall from his horse. William Wyatt Bibb had been Governor of Alabama Territory 1817~1819 and when statehood was granted he became the first Governor of the state of Alabama.

Marker Reverse
Woodside
Another grand house of the Bibb family is located a short distance to the NE across the field. It was built 1860~61 by Thomas' son Porter Bibb as a wedding present for his daughter, Mary C. who married William F. Eggleston.

The Bibb plantation was but one of many in this area. At the federal land sale held at Huntsville in 1818 wealthy planters from Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia bought large tracts of land and established
Woodside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2009
2. Woodside Marker
plantations here. The terrain and soil here were ideally suited for cotton, the crop that created great wealth. Many brought their household goods, farming gear, and slaves here to begin anew. The grand houses they built, rows of slave cabins and cotton growing for miles around gave this area the look of "Plantation Alley". Belle Mina and Woodside are privately owned and are not open to the public.
 
Erected by Limestone County Historical Society Athens/Limestone Tourism Council 2003.
 
Location. 34° 38.674′ N, 86° 52.77′ W. Marker is in Belle Mina, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Mooresville Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6185 Mooresville Rd., Belle Mina AL 35615, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mooresville (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cottonport / Mooresville (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mooresville, Alabama / Mooresville Stagecoach Inn and Tavern (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mooresville Brick Church/The Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Druid's Grove Plantation / Jones-Donnell Cemetery (approx.
Belle Mina / Woodside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 27, 2010
3. Belle Mina / Woodside Marker
Looking North along Mooresville Road.
2.6 miles away); Southeast Air Forces Training Center (approx. 3.9 miles away); Oakland United Methodist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Gen. N.B. Forrest, C.S.A. (approx. 4.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Bibb - Alabama Department of Archives and History. (Submitted on March 5, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Woodside Photo from Alabama. (Submitted on March 6, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Belle Mina image. Click for full size.
Limestone County Historical Society
4. Belle Mina
Belle Mina / Woodside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 27, 2010
5. Belle Mina / Woodside Marker
Photo is looking Northeast across the field toward Woodside (in the center of the photo).
Belle Mina / Woodside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 27, 2010
6. Belle Mina / Woodside Marker
Woodside seen through the trees
Woodside image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 27, 2010
7. Woodside
Entrance to the Woodside driveway at 6660 Mooresville Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 2,748 times since then and 105 times this year. Last updated on July 13, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   2. submitted on March 6, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 29, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   4. submitted on March 5, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5, 6, 7. submitted on March 29, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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