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Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, Birmingham

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Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens is a former plantation house and 6acre of landscaped gardens near downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The two-story frame structure was built between 1845–50 and features antebellum-era Greek Revival architecture. The house serves as a decorative arts museum, featuring a collection of 19th-century furniture, textiles, silver, and paintings. The garden features a restored garden room that is used for special events. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1970.HistoryBuilt between 1845 and 1850 by William S. Mudd in Elyton, the second county seat of Jefferson County. Birmingham, a city that Mudd helped to establish, eventually grew to encompass the former site of Elyton. Arlington is one of the only surviving structures from the time of Elyton and is Birmingham's only antebellum mansion. Arlington was used by Union troops while planning the burning of the University of Alabama.The ashes of former Birmingham mayor George G. Siebels, Jr. are interred at Arlington.
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  • We stopped by here on our way out of town and loved it. Both ladies working were wonderful and knowledgeable about the history of both the house and the area. Such a beautiful property with a colorful...  more »
  • This home was okay to visit. The woman who worked there was very helpful and friendly. If you've seen everything else in Birmingham and you have some time stop in.  more »
  • If you enjoy historical home tours this is a nice one. Sorry to say it is located in a sketchy part of town, but once you get there you feel totally safe. You can even eat lunch there in the summer mo...  more »
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  • Beautiful plantation house and grounds especially in juxtaposition with the surrounding neighborhood. Really stimulates the imagination to see what the area would have been like in the 1800s. Descriptions of the rooms were well written and the grounds looks great even after last year's drought.
  • I did not tour the facility just went to Jazz in the park on the grounds. Beautiful lawn.
  • Well preserved, doces quite knowleagable.
  • Beautiful grounds! Unfortunately, we arrived at the house at 2:50, last tickets sold at 3:00, we where denied tickets. They close at 4:00. I would love to have seen the house and we got there before hand. Disappointment.
  • Slave trade plantation! Shut this place down!