Mastin Batson House, 1819, on Franklin Street in Huntsville, Alabama
This holiday season I didn’t manage a photo trip to capture some of the kitschier Christmas decorations on Chicago’s Southwest side as I had planned on my winter list. However, before immersing ourselves with travel to the moon and space shuttle launches at space camp in Huntsville, Alabama last week, my son and I walked through Huntsville’s historic Twickenham District. So, before the holiday season is entirely over (the Orthodox Christmas is celebrated tomorrow), I shall share with you these tastefully decorated antebellum homes.
Huntsville features the most antebellum homes in any city in Alabama. Antebellum refers to homes built before the Civil War (1861-1865). We walked down Franklin Street and its side streets.
|Munroe Clark, 1814
From what I can tell, that tree in the background is a rhododendron, which reaches only bush size up north.
|Bibb Home, 1836
Wharton Walker, 1820
|Mastin Home 1822
You do have to watch your step on those old brick sidewalks!