“Oakleigh” is the specific house from which Mobile’s Garden District derives its name. Though I have spent some time searching around the internet, I was disappointed to find very little information about the house. In fact, the most informative source was the historic marker at the property. Oakleigh is open for tours, but closed on Sundays – the day that I visited... (Read more below.)
This isn't the house that the Oakleigh Garden Historic District is named after -- but it was one of my favorites. It's called the "Rapier house" and was built in 1885. Turns out that it's also for sale for the first time in decades! For $769,800, you can buy your own slice of southern-living.
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During my short stint in Alabama, Mobile has probably been my favorite city. The mesh of gardens, historic homes, squares, fountains, bars, and downtown reminded me of a cross between Savannah and New Orleans. Mobile is the northernmost city on the Gulf of Mexico, and its flora and culture express the merging of two worlds: North America meets the Gulf/Caribbean, northern climate meets tropical, and Protestant meets Catholic.
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F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are remembered for being emblems of the jazz age. F. Scott published four highly successful novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. While he achieved limited success in his lifetime, he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. As such, Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. (... See below to read more).
Occupying the adjacent corner from the MLK, Jr. house.
Attempts to save King-era hotel hold promise (via USA Today)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Ben Moore Hotel building sits in the heart of civil rights history in Montgomery — along with other important landmarks such as Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the King parsonage, First Baptist Church, and the city of St. Jude. (... See below to read more.)
Whether on a plantation house or just a cabin, throughout the South it’s tradition to paint your porch ceiling “haint blue.” Although it’s mostly done for aesthetic reasons now, the tradition originated in the Lowcountry where Gullah people believed the color warded off evil spirits. The Gullah people believe that spirits (known as “haints”) can’t cross water. They used light blue paint to symbolize water as protection. While I can’t attest to the paint’s effectiveness, the shade is calming and adds culture to any Southern home.
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Posts are a combination of my own research, visits, and conversations, plus various information found around the web. I try to provide sources, but if you have specific questions, feel free to ask!