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Tour the Past at Oakleigh Historic Complex

May 17, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Oakleigh Historic ComplexStep back in time at Oakleigh Historic Complex, home to Mobile’s oldest house museum, a Union barracks, the Cox-Deasy Cottage, and the Minnie Mitchell Archives.

Oakleigh House, constructed in 1833 by James W. Roper, was one of the first major residences to be built outside of the Mobile city limits. The mansion is one of the country’s rarest examples of Greek revival architecture and one of Alabama’s largest T-shaped homes. Oakleigh’s unique shape encourages a cooling cross-ventilation against the region’s notorious humidity.

The Oakleigh House and grounds remained in private hands until 1955, when the estate was purchased by the city of Mobile. The property had been kept in good working shape over the years. Consequently, the job of restoring it to its historic glory was not as difficult as it could have been and the results are stunning.

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