A Merry Historic Christmas: The Palmer-Barlow-Britt Home

Jere and I had the pleasure of touring the Palmer-Barlow-Britt home in Furman, Alabama, today, and oh, what a pleasure!  The architectural style of the home is coastal cottage, and it is believed to be the first house built in Furman, which is in Wilcox County, Alabama.  The home was originally constructed in the early 1830s, and it is owned by the Britt family.  Mitchell and Jennifer Britt have taken great pains to restore and preserve the home.  There are over 50 piers under the house that the Britts painstakingly leveled themselves to shore up and stabilize the foundation.  This labor of love of preserving this beautiful home took 20 years to accomplish, as the Britts would work on their various restoration projects one weekend a month.

The Entrance to the Palmer-Barlow-Britt Home

Notice the pineapple used in the decor above the door:  the symbol of southern hospitality.

As I walked into the front door, there was a commanding presence in what is referred to as the dog trot (foyer area).  The period antiques, beautiful antique fixtures, lovely natural Christmas garland of magnolia sprays and cypress, mixed with the smell of candles instantly captured my full attention!  A true feast for the senses...

As I wandered to the left, there was a lovely parlor in full dress for the holidays.  The lovely native Christmas tree was obtained from the surrounding property.

A turn to the left will take you to the "preacher's room."  This home was used as a church during times of worship.  The traveling preacher used this room, which has its own entry from the outside.

The next room on your way toward the back of the house is the prayer room, which served as the chapel during times of worship.  As we drove up, I was instantly drawn to the windows in this room and knew this was the first room I wanted to see!

The Prayer Room Before Restoration

The Prayer Room After Restoration

Next, a quick trip through the back hallway and through the dining room then leads you to the kitchen.

The primitive kitchen is perfection!  I love the island and kitchen sink.  And how smart is the faucet choice?  Love!

Notice the Use of Antique Pewter in this Corner Cupboard... Love!

The staircase off of the back hallway takes you upstairs to two bedrooms.  One of the bedrooms has never been painted.

Back downstairs and off of the dog trot is the home's charming bathroom.

A view into the dog trot from the back family room, which was converted from the back porch.  I missed taking a picture of the family room, but it is very lovely with lots of natural light.

Back through the dog trot, the master bedroom is found toward the front of the house.  The tester (pronounced tester) bed:  Just beautiful...  

The back porch with a clever display of antique tools...

The Home Before Preservation

The Home After Preservation

The picture below is Lance Britt presenting the history of the Palmer family, as well as the home's architecture and the period antiques selected for the home, to the Wilcox Historical Society.  Several of the pieces were procured from an estate in Pine Apple, Alabama.  Lance found the sale while searching the history of Pine Apple online.  The sale of the estate actually took place in Florida.  Such a neat story of how he found this sale and how his family worked hard to bring these pieces back to Wilcox County, Alabama.

Thank you to the Britt family for inviting us to the event and allowing me to take pictures and write about this special home.  Jere and I were blessed and honored to be invited!

Merry Christmas!

Tiffany

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