The Jared Gross home is an exceptionally fine example of an I-House dating to the early 1850s. Traveler's Rest, located just south of the Gross home, was once a popular stop for travel-weary passengers along the Jacksonville-to-Montgomery stagecoach route. These, along with a few other remaining structures, make up the ensemble of historic homes in the early settlement of Old Eastaboga. The center of settlement moved north in the 1880s for proximity to the railroad, beginning Old Eastaboga’s decline. To further demonstrate how things have changed over the past century and a half, Old Eastaboga is now only a hundred yards north of Interstate 20. With proper direction and stewardship, these historic resources do have potential. A creative, comprehensive plan could make these resources part of a regional tourism initiative, taking advantage of their proximity to the interstate system.
Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.