Dixie Funeral Home

Constructed in 1840, this house is one of the oldest surviving Greek Revival houses in southeastern Alabama. It is significant enough that it was recorded during the Historic American Building Survey in 1935. Although it was last used as a funeral home, the house was originally constructed as a private residence for a physician and his family. Once married, the couple had eight children, tragically three of whom died young. The couple also raised his wife’s younger orphaned brother. His daughters all married wealthy men who later became district attorneys or state senators. One of his sons even served as an officer in the Civil War. In 1859, after the physician’s death, the house was inherited by one of his sons. A few years later, in 1862, tragedy struck the family after a member of the family known for sleepwalking fell from the balcony above the porch becoming paralyzed.

Dixie Manor

Dixie Manor
In 1986, the house was added to the NRHP as a contributing property to the town’s historic district.

After the Civil War, the house was sold to a craftsman who operated a furniture store. Like the previous owner, a son inherited the home after his death. In the 1950s, the property sold to a family who renovated the house for use as a funeral home. They lived upstairs and operated the funeral business downstairs. When the owner died, the family decided to close the funeral business. His wife continued to live in the house until her death in 2004.

Funeral Home

 

Funeral Home

Funeral Home

Dixie Manor

Funeral Home

Funeral Home

Funeral Home

Dixie Manor

In 2017, a wind storm damaged the roof and broke several windows. The storm damage was exacerbated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. The house needs immediate repairs. A local preservation group is supporting the effort to restore the house. Since the storms, the city has made numerous attempts to contact the out-of-state owner. Even though the home was listed on the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2019 Places in Peril list, the house continues to deteriorate.

 

 

10 Replies to “Dixie Funeral Home”

  1. There is a very intriguing ‘History Channel’ Documentary put out in the year 2008, titled ‘Life without People’. That I as an admirer of images of abandoned abodes really enjoyed watching, it’s about the time line of how long the natural world in only which plants, trees and animals of nature only reside upon planet earth. How long it takes plants and trees by way of bird dropped seeds and creeping roots expand in cracks of walls and concrete to reclaim buildings and homes. It based upon if all of mankind was removed, as in was to suddenly vanish. An amazing document you may wish to watch. I especially enjoyed the rusting old car. As for sleep walking, it is a hazardous condition indeed. Thank you kindly for providing yet another presentation of the past through past southern generations. You wouldn’t know of the year, make and model of that old car would you? I would like to on line search what it looked like showroom new at the car dealer.

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  2. Thanks Larry Davis – I guess that open back door throw me as well as the worn chrome trim around the rear window. Not to mention I wasn’t out of the box (born) yet for another five years. 🙂

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