Moulthrop House

Situated atop a high bluff overlooking Lake Eufaula are the ruins of the Moulthrop family home and the Shorter Cemetery. The bluff was home to the early settlers of Eufaula in the 1830s and 1840s. General Reuben Shorter and his wife Mary Butler Gill Shorter settled on this property in 1837 which at the time consisted of approximately 100 acres. General Shorter owned thousands of acres of rich cotton land on both sides of the Chattahoochee River between Eufaula and Columbus, Georgia. After years of neglect, the cemetery has been restored and maintained.

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The Shorters had thirteen children. Within four years of settling here, they buried three children and a 23-year-old son-in-law in the family cemetery. A total of seven of the Shorter children are buried here, five of whom died young and seven young grandchildren are also buried here. The earliest burial in the cemetery is dated 1839. The last Shorter family member buried in the cemetery is Governor Shorter’s daughter Mollie who died in 1922.

By the 1850s the settlers on the bluff discovered that water-borne diseases – typhoid, yellow fever, diphtheria – were killing off many of the people that lived close to the river. This resulted in a migration of the settlers to what would later become downtown Eufaula. However, even after the death of General Shorter in 1853, the Shorters stayed on the property which was inherited by one of his sons, Eli Sims Shorter, Sr. who was a U.S. Congressman. After the death of Congressman Shorter in 1879, his son Eli Sims Shorter, Jr. inherited the property and eventually moved to downtown Eufaula after building Shorter Mansion. Eli Shorter, Jr. sold the surrounding property to Robert H. Moulthrop but retained ownership of the five acres where the family cemetery is located.

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An early photo of the Moulthrop house (courtesy of Friends of Shorter Cemetery)
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The Queen Anne-style house was designed by John Adams and built by Robert Moulthrop in 1899.
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Around the estate, Moulthrop planted the first grove of grafted pecan trees in this area.
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The house has an unusual design with an irregular floor plan, two-story solid masonry walls, and central turret.
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Robert H. Moulthrop followed in his father’s footsteps and took over the family business. For many years, the Moulthrops owned the largest brick manufacturing plant in Alabama. The bricks used during construction were made by Moulthrop and Sons Brick Company.
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Hidden behind years of overgrowth, a veranda extends across the entire front facade with small columns on brick pedestals.
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The home appears to be beyond saving. The roof and interior floors have collapsed from decades of deterioration.

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The Moulthrop family owned the property until the 1980s. Once the last family member living on the property died, the house and surrounding acreage were sold to a real estate developer.
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The Moulthrop house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as a contributing property to the local historic district. Plans to develop the property never materialized and the house fell into a state of disrepair.

5 Replies to “Moulthrop House”

  1. Most interesting story! I always like to hear the background of these old and lovely places! I have had an interest in historical homes all my life. So sad it is in such disrepair. I wish I could get some of those bricks! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi, I would like to introduce our GrandMother Elizabeth Gardner “Bo Bo” Moulthrop who was married to our GrandFather Mathew Moss Moulthrop. She was sadly but necessarily removed from her home (above) in 1985 when our Grandfather passed. Her remaining years were spent in Deland, Fl. where she was greatly cared for and loved by Frances K.(her daughter) and Hugh Gordon and their 5 children in Deland, Fl. She was and will always be one of the most loved and cherished people my heart has ever had the opportunity to experience love with. Her story will be told by many in the years to come and her picture will hang “again” within those brick walls of the Moulthrop house above. This place will be restored in some acceptable capacity and serve the citizens of Eufaula, Veterans, and folks from nearby and distant lands.

    “ELIZABETH GARDNER “BO BO” MOULTHROP, 92, Hazen Road, DeLand, died Saturday, May 7, (1994). Mrs. Moulthrop was a homemaker. Born in Decatur, Ga., she moved to Central Florida in 1985. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of DeLand. Survivors: sons, Robert M., Annandale, Va., Charles W., Dothan, Ala.; daughters, Betty Broadfield, Clearwater, Susanne Stanbury, Cuthbert, Ga., Frances Gordon, DeLand, Martha Moshides, Annandale; sister, Frances Welton, Black Mountain, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, DeLand.”

    Many years have gone by since those painful memories of the family deciding to sell the property. I have always had faith in the belief that “if it is meant to be the doors will open”. So, I want to share some good news with ya’ll. As of last month, this property has been re-acquired by several members of the Moulthrop family….more to follow.

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