Gaineswood, designated a National Historic Landmark, is open to the public for tours. As one of America’s finest Greek Revival houses, Gaineswood is a masterpiece. Designed by owner and architect Nathan Bryan Whitfield, the home evolved over nearly a twenty year period (1843-1861).
Exceptional interior spaces have domed ceilings, elaborate plasterwork, and a pair of gilt mirrors that endlessly reflect each other. African-American slaves executed some of the work.
The house museum contains many original Whitfield family furnishings and objects. The five-acre site includes a gift shop, formal gardens, a gazebo, picnic tables, the pantry and the plantation office.
Events, both educational and entertaining, are held annually at Gaineswood. Heritage Days introduces fourth grade students of the surrounding area to every day nineteenth century life. The Demopolis High School prom is held on the grounds during April and Harvest Fest, a fun family event, occurs in October. A highlight of the year is the “Candlelight Evening”, an official Christmas on the River event held the first weekend in December.
*Photo Courtesy: Alabama Historical Commission Archives