Thank you for visiting Alabama Pioneers Online!
The West Jefferson County Historical Society is pleased to provide this web resource for its members, the citizens of Greater Birmingham, and all who enjoy history.
This site is currently under development, but more will be available in the near future. You will find here many informative articles, stories, pictures, and other items of interest related to our three fabulous pioneer homesteads, built by the McAdory, Owen, and Sadler families.
In the meantime, please visit our archived website to learn more about the Society and our pioneer homesteads.
Also, check out ActiveCulture.info to see “what’s going on around here.”
- Current Activities –
Pioneer Homestead Restoration Project
The West Jefferson County Historical Society is engaging in a multifaceted, multi-phase, restoration of three pioneer structures which it owns and maintains. This project is unique in that we are the only organization in Jefferson County with properties such as this. Further, we know of no other similar programs or projects in the area.
In fact, there are only approximately 30 such homes – known as I-houses – with dogtrots in the entire State of Alabama. Also, Jefferson County’s three – comprising 10% of the entire population – have been noted by the Alabama Historical Commission to be the most well-preserved and original in existence, even in their current condition.
Phase 1 – Owen Plantation Homestead Roof Restoration (in progress)
Phase I of the restoration includes the Owen House Roof Replacement Project, which is the largest most critical of the growing restoration repairs needed. The project will require the removal of leaking roof shingles, the repair of roof substructure and the placing of a new metal roof.
This project is slated to begin the week of September 18, 2006. We hope to post pictures of the progress at this site, so be sure to watch as we grow!
The West Jefferson County Historical Society acknowledges the support provided by the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Fund administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.
Phase 2 –Homestead Windows Restoration (planned)
With Phase II, the Society seeks to restore in the most historically and artistically sensitive way possible, the windows on each of the pioneer homes we own. The project will require the removal of certain window sashes, panes, and frames, and will involve wood treatments with boiled linseed oil, possible epoxy injection of wood, and replacement of any missing or broken panes of glass. All of this work will be done by hand, by an expert restoration craftsman.
Phase 3 and more…to be determined!
Check back soon for more updates!