She’s a Southern Sparkler: You Should Move to Eufaula, AL!
by Alix Adams (Credit: Lamar via tumblr Kendall Manor)
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Eufaula sits on the Chattahoochee River in an area once inhabited by three creek tribes, including the Eufaulas. Originally named Irwinton, she took on a new identity in 1842 to end postal confusion stemming from her proximity to Irwinton, Georgia. The town was officially incorporated as Eufaula in 1857 and now has a population of just over 13,000. Visitors come and residents stay for the jaw-dropping antebellum mansions and hospitable southern community.
Reeves Peanut Company; Photo by Rivers Langley.
One of Eufaula’s biggest attractions is its scenic lake. It was created by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 and has since become a bass fishing destination worthy of some of the biggest tournaments in the country.
Lovely Lake Eufaula; Photo by Unknown.
On the perimeter is the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, protected land known for bringing excellent bird viewing to the area all year round.
Get lost in Eufaula. Photo by Alabama Birding Trails.
The annual Eufaula Pilgrimage is Alabama’s oldest Tour of Homes. It’s an event steeped in Southern tradition that includes art shows, afternoon tea and tours offered by docents in full hoop-skirted regalia all set on a Spring backdrop of blooming azaleas and dogwoods. An outstanding Greek Revival fit for even the most genteel serves as headquarters. The pilgrimage is put on by the Eufaula Heritage Association, formed in 1965 to protect the town’s treasures and still an active preservation force in the community today.
With over 700 structures covering a period of significance between 1825 and 1949 listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Eufaula’s Seth Lore and Irwinton Historic District has become the second largest in Alabama. The district boasts exemplary Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Late Victorian, Bungalow and Craftsman styles.
Downtown Eufaula. Photo by Lamar via tumblr.
Weekends on the lake, afternoon tea on the piazza… now you just need a place to put your stuff. Good news: You can live like southern royalty in this beauty! It is on sale for $325,000! How can that be true?! The only drawback with this one would be the daily onslaught of passerby paparazzi, but you’d get used to it. Buy this one before I do!
720 N. Eufaula Avenue Full listing HERE.
How about this sprawling property? The neighbors are Fedall Hall and and Kendall Manor, so you’d need to name your home to fit in. Delicious extravagance for only $675,000!
Foy-Beasley-Hamilton Home. Photo credit Lamar via tumblr. Full listing HERE.
This gorgeous four bedroom was built in 1880 and has some of the best woodworking in town. She’s on the market for just under $450,000! There are so many options! Move to Eufaula!
Drewry-Mitchell-Moorer Home. Photo by Lamar via tumblr.
Sitting atop a high bluff overlooking blue water, Eufaula is an architectural gold mine that deserves a second look. She’s a Southern Sparkler!
OLD HOUSES FOR SALE IN EUFAULA, AL:
124 ROSELAND DRIVE
$655,000, c. 1850
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]206 RIVERS AVENUE
$370,000, c. 1850
212 N RANDOLPH AVENUE
$84,000, c. 1872
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]307 W BARBOUR STREET
$175,000, c. 1867
425 W BROAD STREET
$189,900, c. 1900
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]512 N EUFAULA AVENUE
$259,000, c. 1872
543 W BROAD STREET
$127,000, c. 1900
643 N EUFAULA AVENUE
$139,000, c. 1900
725 N EUFAULA AVENUE
$280,000, c. 1885
823 W BARBOUR STREET
$675,000, c. 1859
AUTHOR ALIX ADAMS
Alix hails from Charleston, South Carolina. She earned degrees in Historic Preservation and Art History from the College of Charleston and continues to be captivated by the city’s old-world values and architecture as they brush up against the new. She lives in an 1890 Charleston Single with her Sheltie Oliver and prefers to make the commute to work on her shiny red bike.