>10 Franklin Street – Beauty from Ashes?


Nestled deep in Alabama’s Black Belt region sits a tiny town, called Uniontown. During the plantation days, the town was swarming with people in the cotton trade and related interests. Now, things aren’t so good. Stately homes; once the talk of the town for their beauty and charm, are now sitting in ruins. On one of our recent “Historic Alabama” Saturday drives, Tina and I set out for Uniontown and found this diamond in the rough. 10 Franklin Street was the home of a local merchant and is located in town and is adjacent to a historic Episcopal Church which boasts beautiful Tiffany and Co. stained glass windows.

We have seriously considered acquiring this property for restoration and the establishment of a albeit small, yet public rose garden and event facility. This place has so much potential, as does this tiny town that seems to have lost it’s way in the world.

I took some measurements and could easily plant 200 or so roses in raised beds on the property.


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11 Responses to >10 Franklin Street – Beauty from Ashes?

  1. >How exciting! Would you do the garden to period (or include moderns)?Restoring a house is an endless project.


  2. >This sounds like an exciting prospect. I can imagine how much fun it would be to restore and plan a garden.


  3. Meredith says:

    >What a gorgeous home! I hope you restore it. As a Southerner to my core, I love those old homes and would love to have one, myself, one day. I wonder, as GG above, if you'd do only period roses or all kinds? Antique roses are so lovely…


  4. >Jim and Meredith,I think I would stay pretty close to the period on plantings. I'm not sure if I could resist a few hybrid teas here and there though…. ha…..


  5. >It's wonderful to see someone with the vision and imagination necessary to see what a house like this can become. Have you restored a house before? … Connie


  6. Jess says:

    >Oh do it do it do it! I hate to see these gorgeous places get knocked down, and I love too see what someone with just a tiny bit of vision can do with both the house and the gardens!


  7. Stone Art says:

    >Sounds like a fantastic project, would love to do somting like that, you should totaly go for it, then you can keep us all updated on your progress. Good luck with it, and enjoy:)


  8. >I have never tackled a restoration project before. I have spoke to several who have and they said to "proceed with caution and lots of $$$".. I had to laugh at that.This property is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. They and the Alabama Historic Commission have also promised advice and have put us in touch with several others who have gone down this path. We have such a love for history and want to make sure if we begin such a project, that all things have been considered and that we can complete to project to standards. Thanks to all for your words of encouagement.


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  10. Kate says:

    >If you don't buy it, I will! What a fabulous find! I hope you go for it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping over and visiting my blog. Happy Valentine's!


  11. Jim Groble says:

    >Thanks for stopping by my blog. it is always appreciate it.Sum and Substance Hosta is bright green. I have examples on my header. Blur Mammoth is a giant "blue" hosta. it's really a dusty dark green. both grow to 6 feet wide and 2-3 feet tall. I have examples of both in my phooey forbes post. They need moist composty soil and a killing frost to go dormant. If they don't go dormant,they won't grow bigger. I have ligularia seed if you want. it will grow where hosta grows. I can send you a bunch. jim


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