Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Real Southern Charm

Warning: If you don't like the South, history, mansions, architecture, or beautiful decor...then this post isn't for you ;) It's not long, but it's full of Southern charm.

Our April luncheon was the BEST luncheon of the whole year! The Mayor of Ozark and his wife invited us to the historic Holman Mansion to get a real taste of Southern hospitality and history, and I still can't believe how awesome it was. I absolutely love learning about anything historical or architectural, so I was  complete dork soaking it all in all day.


Long story short, that big ol' house was built for $75,000 for entrepreneur J.D. Holman back in 1912 and it has become a part of Alabama's history and is now being restored by the city of Ozark. I wish they had restored the A.C. before our luncheon on a 90 degree day, but even then it was still worth it. We had a wonderful lunch, heard the history from J.D. Holman's granddaughter, and had free range of the house and grounds. I dare say we were transported to a different, much simpler time and I will never forget it.







Even better, we were able to tour the Dowling-Steagall House across the street as well, and you wouldn't believe every detail of that place. It was actually used as a hospital before Ozark built a hospital in 1951, and it was owned by Congressman Henry Steagall who is known for working to establish the FDIC. Not only that, but he acquired the land where originally titled Camp Rucker is today. Camp Rucker grew into Fort Rucker, so I guess you could say I wouldn't have the chance to enjoy wonderful Alabama without the Congressman.










Now if only I could figure out how to throw a pool party here...The thought of floating in water in my condition has never seemed so pleasing. We are hoping to go to the river this weekend, but I know the water hasn't warmed up enough to go for a real swim. C'mon summer!


10 comments:

Jenn said...

Youre right, that house is totally full of Southern Charm! I would definitely go to a pool party that you were throwing at that house! :)
Love your cute outfit you're wearing on the swing! :)

P!nky said...

Wow, that place looks amazing!!! I wanna have a luncheon there ;)!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'd love to spend an afternoon wandering around here.

Jen said...

I love this! I am all about Southern charm. :)

The Pink Growl said...

How pretty! You look so adorable in that front row of the group pic rocking that baby bump! I love me some old southern style!

Fran @ Sassy Southern Bride said...

Oh my goodness, so much beauty! That pool is seriously to die for. I've done a lot of these type of tours, and they never get old to me.

Find Handmade said...

What a lovely day you must have had - it is such a treat to see such opulence and decadence!

Amanda said...

What a fun lunch! I am totally jealous of the spouse club on Rucker. Seriously. So pretty.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful place!

Kathryn B said...

Such beautiful places! I love the old South and Southern charm! Such an awesome trip!

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