Though Mike and I did not actually have time to tour Gaineswood, we stopped by to view it from the outside for a few brief moments. A National Historic Landmark, Gaineswood is now a museum described by the Alabama Historical Commission to represent one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in America.
The estate was first owned by territorial legislator and trader George Strother Gaines, who built a cabin on the site in the 1820s. In 1842, Gen. Nathan Bryan Whitfield, a native of Lenoir County, North Carolina, and former officer in the North Carolina militia, purchased the cabin and 480 acres of land from Gaines, and began to build the home seen today. Some of the original furnishings are on display, donated by Whitfield family descendants. [See references below].
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