Shorter Mansion

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Officials are pooling their resources to help restore an Alabama landmark.

Today congressman bobby bright and the USDA presented a check to help preserve the shorter mansion in Eufaula.

This Eufaula mansion has a rich history.

“Just the beautiful house the architecture...I mean it is the most recognizable house in the south…When people see a picture of the shorter mansion they immediately recognize it,” said Pam Snead, Director of the Heritage Association.

It also has a place in recent American pop culture.

“The perfect place to film “Sweet Home Alabama,” and every day we have three or four tourists who come by and say, “” is this really the house where “Sweet Home Alabama” was filmed,”” said Snead.

Because of its status as an antebellum landmark, Congressman Bobby Bright and USDA Representative, Ronald Davis, want to help preserve it.

In an effort to do that, they joined together to present a federal grant to the Eufaula Heritage association.

“Anytime you've got a structure in your neighborhood like the Shorter Mansion, it does the community well if they support it and maintain it, this is a part of our living history and it will go by the way side if we don't take care of it,” said Bright.

“The money that we contributed will help restore and maintain some of the historical values of it,” said Davis.

“The nearly $23,000.00 will go toward repairing the 400 ballisters on top of the mansion,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.

"We were fortunate enough to find a company who would build the mold so we could duplicate the original so we will have 400 new ballisters,” Snead.

In addition to the federal grant, the Eufaula Heritage Association provided additional funds for this preservation project.

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