Magnolia Plantation, Natchitoches Louisiana
Date added:April 10, 2014

Magnolia Plantation, Natchitoches Louisiana

Lands within Magnolia Plantation have been owned and cultivated by the same family since the French land grants of 1753. Magnolia remains one of the South's most complete plantation complexes, with buildings and landscape features spanning its entire 250-year history. Noteworthy are the oak alley, a nationally significant cotton press, the brick slave quarters later used for tenant housing, a slave hospital, a blacksmith shop, the plantation store, and the big house with private chapel.

The Magnolia Plantation big house is an 1890s interpretation of the raised Creole cottages constructed on the Cane River plantations since the early 1800s. The balloon frame house was built in the 1890s on top of the walls and foundation of a two-story brick raised Creole cottage built ca. 1840s-1851 that had burned during the Civil War (1864). The previous house was a rare example of a two-story brick basement on a raised Creole cottage. The plan of the previous house is preserved in the eighteen inch thick brick walls and foundations of the current house. The main part of the house has a central hall plan with five rooms, symmetrical facade, galleries on the front and back, and a long ell with a gallery. More than twenty Tuscan columns support the galleries, which were cut down from their previous two-story height during reconstruction.


Bolingbroke Mansion, Radnor Pennsylvania
Date added:November 30, 2013

Sections of this home date from 1700 and 1792. However many additions and alterations, mostly in the early 1900s transformer this early fieldstone farmhouse into a mansion.

The first floor of the home consists of a center hall plan, with one large parlor on the left, and three "other main rooms" on the right. There is also a kitchen and service wing. The second floor has nine bedrooms and four bathrooms. The third floor has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.


Fort Hunter Mansion, Fort Hunter Pennsylvania
Date added:November 26, 2013

The first settler at this place was Benjamin Chambers, a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian, in 1720. Three brothers joined him and in 1735-6 one or more went south to Cumberland County, where they founded Chambersburg. Joseph and Thomas Chambers seem to have remained and built buildings and two grist mills and a saw mill. At any rate the Land office records show that the whole property was resurveyed in 1763 to William Foulke and Samuel Hunter in trust for the heirs of Joseph and Thomas Chambers. In 1773 it was divided and resurveyed to William Foulke and John Garber and patented, the northern part to Foulke and the southern part to Garber. By the County records both tracts were sold in 1787 by John Garber to Archibald McAllister of Londonderry, Dauphin County, for "L 4000 in gold and silver coin", with the houses, grist mills, saw mills, edifices and buildings, barns, stables, orchards, etc. In 1814, Archibald, who was a Captain in the Revolution, built the Mansion, or at least he built the front part of it. The rear part appears to be much older.

Samuel Hunter was one of the heirs of the Chambers' operated the mills. The place came to be known as "Hunter's Mill" and when the Indians became troublesome, about 1755, a frontier fort was built at Hunter's Mill, whence the name Fort Hunter.


Mayfield (Willaim Ebbs House), West Chester Pennsylvania
Date added:November 22, 2013

William Ebbs, who built the house, died in 1861. His widow continued to live there until her death in 1878. Her daughter, Elizabeth Ebbs, was married in 1879 to Henry Pepper Norris, who died in 1892, leaving a son, Henry Pepper Norris. John Chatley, Jr., bought the house from Mrs. Henry Neel, a relative of Henry Pepper Norris, in 1970.

A kitchen wing was added to the north of the house in about 1915. The original kitchen was located in the basement. Also at that date the original conservatory, located on the west wall of the house, was rebuilt. In 1972, the glass sides and roof of the conservatory were removed, leaving only the brick walls. The porch to the east was enclosed in the 1950's.


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