Coleman-Banks House, Eutaw, AL

On the Road ~ The Greek Revival style Coleman-Banks House in Eutaw, AL.

The c. 1845 house was built for George and Mary Ann Shauver. He was proprietor of a local hotel. In 1857, it was sold to the Coleman-Banks family and remained with them until being sold to the Greene County Historical Society in 1968. It is operated as a museum.

Long recognized as symbols of Southern culture, the historic houses of the plantation south are also monuments to the fine craftsmanship and labor of the often-enslaved carpenters who built them and the other enslaved people whose labor paid for these beautiful buildings. In recent years, substantial research has documented the skilled labor of enslaved craftsmen working in building construction in the American south.

Understanding the style of a house is the first step in planning a rehabilitation that prioritizes elements to be preserved or restored and guides changes necessary to make the house serve 21st century lives. Visiting historic house museums is a wonderful way to get inspiration for your home restoration projects.

Restoration methods and materials used by museums are included among the approaches presented in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles, including “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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