Friday, November 26, 2010

Alexander Hamilton Stephens Home

Donna and I recently visited the home of Georgia governor and vice president of the Confederacy Alexander Hamilton Stephens. It's not far off of I-20, about an hour east of Atlanta. It was built in 1875 and is in great shape. We paid $4 for the ranger-led tour inside, and it was well worth it; the house is furnished with a great deal of period items, many of which belonged to Stephens. Adjacent to the home is a small museum and gift shop that contains some interesting documents and artifacts.

A slave cabin next to the main house.

A pomegranate tree.

Stephens' grave, in front of the home. He was originally buried in Athens, and the ranger told us he was "resumed" and buried on his property. I suspect she meant "exhumed." :-)

Right next door is the Crawfordville Baptist Church, built in 1889.

I really liked the contrast of the lettering on this headstone.

A few miles from Stephens' home is the Locust Grove Academy, built in 1860; it is the first chartered Roman Catholic Academy in Georgia.

And a few miles from that is the location of the first Roman Catholic Church in Georgia (which was replaced by the above structure), built in 1790. The structure is gone, but the cemetery remains. We traversed a long dirt road to get to the isolated area; it was a bit creepy being out there, and I breathed a sigh of relief when we got back to civilization. :-)


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