The Olmsted Brothers—of the landscape architecture firm famous for designing New York’s Central Park, Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue parks, and the grounds of Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina—also developed the first plan for the Montevallo campus. Their basic design ideas are still followed. One of the historic places we enjoyed was the Edmund King House built in 1823. At one point used for classrooms and an infirmary, this residential home is now used for guests who visit the campus. King was a planter and businessman who financed the earliest ironworks in the area around 1820.
Rebecca Todd Minder is the digital media editor for Alabama Heritage.