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Dicksonia Plantation

Highway 80, Lowndesboro, Alabama 36752 USA

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“a beautifully historic plantation home destroyed by fire twice”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Dicksonia, also known as the Turner–Dickson House, was a historic plantation house just south of Lowndesboro, Alabama, United States. Dating back to 1830, it was destroyed by fire twice. The house was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1934 and the ruins were later featured in the 1993 book Silent in the Land. For the May 1999 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Annie Leibovitz did a photo shoot of Natalie Portman at the ruins on February 7, 1999. Dicksonia was a originally a two-story house with a small one-story portico in front, built in 1830 by David White. But, in 1856, the house was purchased by Wiley Turner, who hired an architect to remodel the house into a Greek Revival mansion, very similar in appearance to nearby Meadowlawn. The front porch was removed and a monumental two-story portico extending around two sides of the house was added, supported by twelve fluted Doric columns. Elaborate cornice brackets, reflecting an Italianate influence, met at the roof line. The architecture of the house was also noted to show a Mississippi influence.[4] Banisters of intricate design framed the porticoes. The front door had sidelights and an overhead transom. The door upstairs, also with sidelights, opened onto a wrought iron balcony directly over the front door. A side balcony of wooden banisters adorned the upstairs on the west side of the house. A central hall ran the length of the house, with a staircase leading to the second floor. Sometime before 1900, the separate kitchen was added to the house proper. Water was supplied by a windmill at this time. Also seen as the "witch's house" in the Tim Burton film "Big Fish"

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Reviewed by
jmboykin28

  • 6 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
July 06, 2014

I heard the house has fallen and is no longer around. Does anyone know if that's true?

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G D

  • 41 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
December 10, 2019
Rated 1.0

IF THE FOLLOWING IS THE CASE, REMOVE IT, DON'T SHOW IT.

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Dicksonia, also known as the Turner–Dickson House, was a historic plantation house just south of Lowndesboro, Alabama, United States. Dating back to 1830, it was destroyed by fire twice. The house was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1934 and the ruins were later featured in the 1993 book Silent in the Land. For the May

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hopr10

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July 13, 2019
Rated 3.0

Sad... it is no longer there. Fire it says..

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Dicksonia Plantation

Highway 80
Lowndesboro, Alabama
36752 USA

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