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Forks of Cypress, a Mysterious Plantation, Florence, Alabama

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Distance from city center: 3.5mi
Sayuri87's pictureby Sayuri87 History & Culture travel tip
added on the 27th of July, 2010
I have never seen a house from which only the pillars remained after it burned down. When I saw the mansion in rural Lauderdale County I was amazed.

In 1966 a fire burst out in the mansion and burned down the whole house, except the pillars. There are 24 Ionic columns (I counted them) standing erect and only a little bit damaged and according to the locals, who were really nice, the columns didn’t burn down because they were made of material which contains horse hair that is flame retardant.

What is more interesting is that the cemetery, where the Jackson family is buried (James Jackson made the house to be built for his wife), is said to be haunted by a tall, ‘stately’ woman and if you kiss the top of the tallest tombstone she will appear to you. Now this is a really interesting place to visit. I did kiss it actually, but the lady never showed up. I probably messed up, because it was daylight… ;)

Florence, AL


Opening Hours:
Open in daylight hours.

How to get there:
You have to turn north onto Jackson Road from Cox Creek Parkway and at the dead end turn right. You can see the columns on the right.

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