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The historic Belle Mont mansion sits atop a hill surrounded by cedar trees south of Tuscumbia. [MATT MCKEAN/TIMESDAILY]

TUSCUMBIA – Built between 1828 and 1832 by Dr. Alexander Mitchell, Belle Mont Mansion offers a unique look at Palladian-style architecture.

The structure is one of a few Palladian-style houses in the Deep South. It overlooks 33 acres that were donated to the Alabama Historical Commission in 1983. Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation, Inc., oversees the site.

The mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was the centerpiece of a 1,760-acre plantation which featured clover, grass, corn, cotton and an orchard.

The house is located at 1569 Cook Lane, three miles south of the U.S. 43 and U.S. 72 intersection, just west of U.S. 43, near the foothills of Colbert Heights Mountain.

Belle Mont Mansion is one of more than a dozen area attractions featured in the Alabama Bicentennial PastPort project, which offers a guide for visitors at Alabama sites with historical significance.

The PastPort is a 174-page book available at welcome centers, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, various commercial outlets and online at shopalabama200.com. Cost is $10 each.

The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 

For information, call 256-381-5052 or 256-383-4401, or email site director Ninon Parker at ninhpaker@comcast.net.

tom.smith@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5757. Twitter @TD_TomSmith.

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