Several weeks ago my friend and me found ourselves in Bon Secour, Alabama close by the beach in Gulf Shores! It is a lovely area full of history and known for its fishing and shrimping!
View of the Bon Secour River...
We've always wanted to visit the historic home of Swift-Coles but never arrived in time for the tours. And again we did not arrive promptly for a guided tour of the inside. However I did get beautiful photos of the outside and the grounds...
The Tidewater Mansion was first built as a four-room house in 1882. In 1908 all wings had been added completing the 16-room home we see today. I love the Spanish moss draping from the trees...
The story goes that during a hurricane each adult tied themselves to one child, climbed the chinaberry tree located in the L-section of the home, and survived the raging storm and water that poured through the home!
The Swift descendants lived in the mansion until 1976 when Gulf Shores businessman Nick Coles bought and restored the home. Today visitors can see his vast collection of antiques!
The grounds are being restored. You can view the gardens with the heritage plants and follow along the walkways that were once "swept walks"! Before lawn mowers and hedge trimmers?!!
("I remember my grandmother telling as a young child sweeping the yard to keep out the grass blades", says my friend.)
Where have you traveled lately? I love my travels down the junkin' road!!
Have a Blessed Day!!