Showplace of the South

Showplace of the South (HM1D2D)

Location: Shorterville, AL 36373 Henry County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 31.439', W 85° 4.343'

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"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 fa?ade which included a winding staircase. "The Mansion" could be seen from the Chattahoochee River and was know 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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"The Mansion" later burned to the ground leaving only the kitchen standing. Its construction 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" was completed. Harriet Grace Bennett rests in an unmarked grave in the Shorterville Baptist Church cemetery near her son Thomas.
HM NumberHM1D2D
Year Placed1996
Placed ByThe Historic Chattahoochee Commission and The Bennett Family
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 4:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 683023 N 3489284
Decimal Degrees31.52398333, -85.07238333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 31.439', W 85° 4.343'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 31' 26.34" N, 85° 4' 20.58" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4328 Co Rd 47, Shorterville AL 36373, US
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