The “Old Rock House” is a house unlike anything commonly seen in Alabama. Possibly dating before 1842, the house might be the state’s lone surviving example of an early stone dwelling. It might also have region-wide significance as one of but a few extant houses of this kind in the Southeast. With its small upper-level windows, carefully laid native limestone blocks, and twin doorways with elliptical transoms, paneled recessed openings and arched stone surrounds, the rock house looks decidedly out of place in the Alabama landscape. So unique is this dwelling that surveyors with the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) photographed and recorded it in 1935. Today the house remains mostly intact, though time has taken its toll. One corner of the house now leans and vegetation has caused deterioration of the old mortar and the wood windowsills. An encouraging sign is that the current owner is aware of its significance and hopes to preserve it if possible.
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Where do I find out where this home is and the possibility of visiting it?
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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.