Sunday, October 23, 2011

HISTORIC HOME TOUR ~ KIRKWOOD MANSION



Pilgrimage Fall Home Tour

Experience the elegance and grandeur of the past in the historic town of Eutaw, Alabama. The annual Eutaw Pilgrimage sponsored by the local Historical Society was recently held over a two-day event. The town has over twenty-five structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and more eligible for nomination. With so many types of architecture, Greek Revival, Victorian, Creole Cottages and many more, there is something for everyone. The tour will captivate you with grand old mansions, pastoral cottages and beautiful countryside. Also part of the event are antiques and gifts, home-baked goods and picnic boxed lunches to eat on the grounds. 
Jim and I wanted to do this for years so Saturday morning we left early for the drive down. We toured three homes and spent most of the day enjoying this beautiful town. I made so many photographs I am going to do a post for each home we toured. This way I will be able to share more photographs to do each home justice. 


If you missed the first tour,  go here to take the tour of White Columns.
If you missed the third and last tour, go here to take the tour of Myrtle Hall

Small photos may be clicked on to enlarge.



Tour Today ~ Kirkwood Mansion






Brick path leads the way





Kirkwood Mansion 
Circa 1860






Welcomed By Southern Belles




 Foyer ~ Entry Hall













Parlor









Dining Room










Bedrooms



























Upstairs Sitting Room







Kitchen





Presidential Spoon Collection




Back Porch Looking to Front Entry Hall



The Gardens and Grounds

 



 


 




Hooped Dress
Lovely Shades of Blue 



Sights Along the Way
A Garden of Sunflowers 



Eutaw is named for Revolutionary War Hero, General Nathaniel Green. Green County was explored by De Soto in 1540 and claimed as French  Louisiana in 1699. 
Jim and I enjoyed our day trip to Eutaw. These are some of the most beautifully preserved Historic homes in the south. 

54 comments:

  1. I can't even decide which areas of the house I liked best. You know when I think of an historical plantation house in the south, this is what I would dream of...it is all so beautiful.

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  2. What an experience to tour such a beautiful home! And you got great photos! I love the back of her dress....so beautiful! We just watched Gone with the Wind (again) and it makes me think of Scarlette's dresses! ♥

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  3. I love tours of historical homes. The flowers in the foyer are gorgeous. Too many beautiful things to see including the lovely guides in their hooped dresses! Love the fall colors of the sunflowers. Fun post!

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  4. What a grand old house. I love the period furniture and enjoyed the china.
    I also saw a pink dress this time I'd like to try on. Wouldn't you feel elegant wearing one of the dresses the Southern Belles are in?
    Judith

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  5. What a lovely home - and the hostesses in their pretty period dresses just add to the experience. The furnishings are gorgeous.

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  6. A great tour! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice week,
    Markus

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  7. Beautiful interiors of mansion. The craftwork is amazing.

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  8. I love those old mansions and there beautiful interiors. Love all your photo's too. Have a nice week.

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  9. What a lovely tour, the house is beautiful. Thanks for the tour, your photos are awesome. have a great week!

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  10. Thank you for this grand tour! A most beautiful place. Wising you a wonderful day! Cathy

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  11. The dresses...those are a work of art in themselves!

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  12. Thanks for sharing your beautiful blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Emily.

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  13. Thanks for the tour - beautiful! I use to think I would like to live in a place like that, then I grew up and realized what it would take to keep it up. :-D

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  14. Wow! So much to take in! Everything is just gorgeous!

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  15. Emily, another fabulous house tour! My favorite parts were the southern belles and their dresses, the china in the dining room, and the blue patterned wallpaper in one of the bedrooms. Thanks for sharing all your great photos. It really is a treat to be an armchair traveller and view all of this on your blog!
    xx Sunday

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  16. Hello Emily,
    Oh my, what a mansion! I love the ladies' frocks! The pink bedroom is gorgeous and I love the silver tea service! It is stunning! Thanks for sharing the tour and have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  17. Hi lovely lady.
    I love all your gorgeous photos of this Mansion !!! Thanks so much for sharing with me.
    I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

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  18. What a magnificent home -- truly beautiful and well preserved. It is so nice they allowed photography. I have toured Plantations in Louisiana and most did not allow photographs :(. You really did a fantastic job of giving us a virtual tour. I'd love to visit this home one day, Emily. Thanks for a wonderful post! Happy MM!

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  19. PS: I enjoyed listening to your sound trac! The moon song was so cute -- both my grandsons were born on big full moon nights so the moon is special to me ;)

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  20. Simply Beautiful!! Juts like Pat, I like the song too!

    Blues at my page. Have a great week!

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  21. Beautiful mansion, and such a grand tour to see the inside..

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  22. Oh so breathtaking! Thanks for joining us this week for TTTT and also for my 107th, Tuesday Tea For Two.

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

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  23. *swoons* Oh my goodness! What an incredibly beautiful house tour! One of the best I've ever seen. For a Victorian antiquer like me this is a dream come true! Can you hear me oohhing and ahhhing? The meissen figures, the epergnes, the aubusson carpets the...everything! Simply TDF! Vanna

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  24. Wow it is not only the house is huge but the inside is very huge in color and design. Awesome!

    Johnny Dog

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  25. Thank you so much for this virtual tour, Emily. The southern belles are lovely and that mansion is just stunning. I was drooling over their French comptes and jars. Meissen, Sevres and perhaps Old Paris? Whatever they are, they are just magnificent...Christine

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  26. That was amazing! I love the architecture and the widows walk on top. Such amazing furnishings, Emily. You are so lucky to live in such a glorious southern town with these stately mansions to tour!
    Thanks Emily!

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  27. Wow, totally unreal. Thanks so much for the tour. It is truly an awesome home. Hugs, Marty

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  28. What a beautiful place, love the decor, especially the chandelier that I have a real thing about. Pretty period dresses too.

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  29. Wow what an amazing mansion. Thanks so much for taking us along.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  30. Starting with the plank floors I am soooo enamored. Moving on to the furniture pieces...oh wow. Much of it overdone but I guess that was the style at the time.
    What a great job that would be to dress up and be a docent there.

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  31. What a special treat to tour this beautiful antebellum mansion. Such an elegant period...love the canopied beds...and the china is just gorgeous.

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  32. More gorgeous southern beauty! Thanks for taking us along, Emily. You've given us all a special treat! ~ Sarah

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  33. Hello there dear lovely lady Emily,

    What a gracious Southern Mansion!.., Every detail is exquisite and especially those bedrooms and dresses, as well as that amazing silver tea service are just fabulous beyond!

    I breath 'a sigh of utter and sheer delight', at such lovely pictures! Your tea post is a dream!

    Thanks so much for joining us for tea.~ We always love having you join us!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

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  34. Oh my goodness, I do declare this was the grandest blog of all this week. Love the dresses, the decorations, the dressing table, the furniture, the pillers and on and on and on.
    Joyce M

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  35. I love every single thing here..
    How fun to see this mansion...Thanks for sharing..

    Hope your day is blessed and ....fun!
    xoxo bj

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  36. Emily, I loved taking this home tour along with you. What a beautiful and grand home. Thank you for sharing this tour at the Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  37. Oh my GOODness.What an incredible tour. Your photos were fabulous. Those bedrooms! Oooo lah lah. The whole mansion is just so ornate and elegant. Wowsers. Susan

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  38. What a gorgeous old mansion. Thanks for a tour of this stunning beauty!

    Thank you for participating in Potpourri Friday. Many thanks!

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  39. Oh my goodnes - gorgeous! How grand they lived! Those beds are incredible. Thank you so much for the tour! I loved seeing the details of the hooped dress!
    Cindy

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  40. I can't even imagine how beautiful it would be to live in such a house OMG

    I am going to visit an old mansion this weekend In Louisiana Missouri

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  41. Stunning!...there's no other word for this magnificent masion, wish I lived there, now and even in those days of glory. All the furnishing, lamps and porcelain are stunning. Thank you for this great tour. Have a fun weekend. FABBY

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  42. Every inch of that mansion is awesome--everything they owned exqusite. Can't you just imagine the grandure of dressing up and attending a grand dinner. Thanks for the tour.
    Ann

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  43. That is just amazing...definitely something you'd never find out here in Eastern Oregon!

    I would like to invite you to my weekend linkup. It involves anything related to homemaking: recipes, sewing, decorating, crafts, DIY, a story about what you did today, etc! I've always admired your blog and I know you'd be a great addition to the party!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Sarah

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  44. Happy Pink Saturday Emily Sweetie...
    What a gorgeous share. Oh how I simply adored this tour. So beautiful. From those gorgeous columns at the front entryway to the grand floral arrangement when entering. Looking up the chandelier was so gorgeous. Loved seeing the beds with those elegant carvings and tops, oh my were they not beautiful. The color choices and the chairs in each, including that inviting settee. How beautiful.

    I could hear the beautiful tunes from that carved piano. I have never seen anything so grand. Was that not the most beautiful thing ever? I loved that.

    Now that bright red colored area carpet in the upstairs sitting room, along with the red chairs and that desk. How beautiful. Loved it. (Red is my favorite color.)

    The sunflowers along the drive were so fun. Truly gets you into the autumn spirit does it not?

    Emily thank you so much for taking me along, I so enjoyed myself. Hope you have a wonderful weekend sweetie. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

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  45. Oh Emily, I am awestruck by all of this beauty! You've done such a lovely job of capturing this magnificent piece of architectural history. There are wonderful examples of fine art, design and craftsmanship everywhere! The porcelain pieces really captured my heart. They are so beautifully painted. The style of the furniture exudes elegance. The carvings are so richly ornate. I've never seen such a collection of well-preserved period furniture. The girls are so lovely in their gorgeous hooped dresses. Most of all, I'm longing for a beautiful summer day like that one. It is currently snowing here in Pennsylvania. We have about six inches on the ground and another 5 on the way! Thank you for taking the time to create such a wonderful post. I'll be looking at it again! Hugs, Terri

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  46. Gorgeous home and so well maintained. This Southern Belle could easily enjoy living there. :) Thanks for taking us on the tour.
    Babs

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  47. Wow, what a stunning place. I really appreciated you posting all of these pictures as this is something I have never seen before. Can you imagine wearing those dresses in summer...without air-conditioning! Amazing!

    Hope your weekend is fabulous.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.xo

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  48. Lovely! Your photos tell a wonderful story! So many forget that we have beautiful homes right here in Alabama! Thanks for sharing this one with us!

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  49. How beautiful Emily! I really enjoyed seeing it! Thanks for the tour! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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