Forks of Cypress - Antebellum house plans

Regular price $59.95

Sheet List - 25 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
    • Cover sheet, Vicinity Map
    • Plot Plan
    • 6 sheets of Floor Plans, 3/16" = 1'-0" and 1/8"=1'-0"
    • 5 sheets of Elevations, 3/16" = 1'-0" and 1/8"=1'-0"
    • 11 sheets of Details, various scale
    • 1 sheet of Sections, 1/8"=1'-0"

    At the confluence of the Big Cypress and Little Cypress creeks, near Florence, Alabama, stand 36 brick columns, all that is left of the magnificent Forks of Cypress Plantation. James Jackson, an Irish immigrant who came to the USA and made good, built this magnificent mansion in 1830, as the center of his plantation. He died a decade later but his wife Sarah continued to manage the estate up until the Civil War. Author Alex Haley's slave ancestors once worked on this estate and Union forces used the property as a base camp. Forks of Cypress stands in the heart of its time and place, a perfect image of its most gracious and saddest qualities.

    Passing through various owners after the war, it slowly fell into disrepair. Then in the mid-20th century it was miraculously restored to its former beauty, only to be struck by lightning in 1966. It burned to the ground. All that stands today are its brick columns, like soldiers standing guard at an honored grave.

    The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. Any photos shown in the description are informational only and are NOT included in your purchase. The original, public domain drawings were prepared by the Historical American Building Survey and rest in the Library of Congress.

    IMPORTANT - IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as will be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. Nor are they designed to meet current building codes. These are measured drawings of actual historic American homes that provide accurate design information about these homes. Your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary.