This year the Lily of the Cahaba Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution volunteered to decorate two of the three historic home-places of influential pioneer families in Bessemer Alabama. The Sadler, Owen and McAdory Homes are all dressed up for Christmas, preparing to welcome you as a guest (Lilies decorated the Owen and McAdory homes). On December 2nd, 2018 from 2pm-4pm, you can experience the Christmas season with typical 19th-century music, food, family histories, tours and a peek at life in the 1800s. Each of these homes is on the National Historic Register and a contribution of $8 per person (free for children 12 and under), allows you to wander around to explore each of them. Click here for details.
The Alabama State Bicentennial is being celebrated through December 14th 2019 and what better way to celebrate than by experiencing the homes of three families who were noteworthy in Alabama’s early history. An article by The Encyclopedia of Alabama notes they are “maintained by the West Jefferson County Historical Society (WJCHS), … [and the] three homes include the Sadler Plantation Home (ca. 1820), the Owen Plantation Home (ca. 1833), and McAdory Plantation Home (ca. 1840). Starting out as simple dwellings, these homes capture the early nineteenth century shift from a wilderness to a prosperous agricultural state. Additionally, the people who constructed these homes as well as their descendants would become major contributors to the development of Alabama politics, education, medicine, agriculture, and more. The three homes were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) in the 1970s. They are located on Eastern Valley Road, also known as County Road 18, roughly east of the intersection between Interstates 20 and 459.”
As a “Lily” (the nickname for members of this chapter of the DAR), I enjoy having the opportunity to spend time in these homes, helping to preserve them for future generations. Over the past couple of weeks Lilies brought in period-appropriate Christmas decorations and got busy cleaning, repairing and decorating for the upcoming open house event. Take a look at the gallery of images below, then make plans to come out to see it all in person on December 2nd! I hope to see you there.