The Dixie Manor was constructed before the Civil War, sometime between 1845-1850 in Alabama. The house was built by a physician that also ran the town’s drug store. The doctor married and had eight children, three of which died at birth or as children. He even raised his wife’s younger brother, who was orphaned as a child. His daughters all married wealthy lawyers who later became District Attorneys or Senators. One of his sons graduated from a military academy and served as an officer in the Civil War.
In 1859, the doctor passed away and left the house to one of his sons. A tragic accident took place here one night in the summer of 1862. In the middle of the night, a family member known for sleepwalking fell off the second floor balcony and landed on the porch below. The fall left him paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
The two-story house was sold after the Civil War to a craftsman who owned and operated a furniture store. Like the previous owner, the home was passed down to his sons after his death. During the 1950s, the property sold to another family who transformed it into a funeral home. The new owner added an addition to one side of the house for his business. The family lived upstairs and operated their funeral business in the downstairs. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1980s. By the 1990s, the owner’s children had taken over the funeral business and opened another funeral home across town. Their mother remained living in the home until her death. The property has been left abandoned ever since.