Uniontown featured in Historic Home Tours

Published 11:20pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013

UNIONTOWN — The doors to nine historic homes and churches in Uniontown will soon be opened to give the public a chance to view the structures, many of which date back to the mid- to late-1880s.

Kay Becket, president of the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society, said she is thrilled that the annual Historic Home Tour, which features a different area of the county each year, has finally found it’s way to Uniontown.

“I’m very excited to have the chance to showcase this part of Perry County,” Becket said. “This is a rare opportunity to look into the past of the canebrake area of the county,” Becket said.

The canebrake area is a region of west central Alabama that was once homes to immense groves of cane that flourished before settlers began clearing the land for agriculture.

Four houses and five churches will be featured in this year’s show, and Becket said that their original features will set them apart from other historic houses that some people may have toured.

“We aren’t showcasing fresh paint,” Beckett said. “We are showcasing real history here.”

Most of the structures, including the churches and houses, were built in the late-1800s, with a few being erected in the 20th century.

The newest building featured is Uniontown Baptist Church, which was built in 1949, and the oldest structures are two houses, historic Cedar Lawn and Westwood, which were both constructed in the 1830s.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets will cost $8 for students and $15 for adults.

For more information, contact Becket at 683-8250 or krbecket@bellsouth.net.

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