Thursday, August 15, 2013

Twickenham AL - It Rivals Charleston!

First, can I tell you the back story on these photos? My last night in Huntsville, Al I headed to over to have dinner at the farmer's market in Twickenham, a historic district.  I imagined it would be nice - it's Alabama's largest collection of antebellum homes BUT I didn't realize just how incredibly beautiful and interesting it was.

My heart was skipping beats UNTIL I found my camera battery was dead!!
Despair....then my cell phone rang.
US Airways had cancelled my 6:30 am flight the next day.
Opportunity had knocked - Yippee!!  I rebooked a later morning flight and proceed to get up at 5 am so I could arrive in Twickenham just as the sun rose.
Yes, I was the crazy lady parked in a rental car while it was still dark out...waiting for sun light.

Homes date back to 1814, with some from the early 20th century as well as an occasional new-build sensitively built with scale in mind. (no McCrapsion's here.)

Why I think it rivals Charlston is because of the diversity.  From Greek Revival to Dutch Colonial to Italianate and will be treated to beautiful homes everywhere you look.

Not quite sure, but I think there's a pool in this building.

Twickenham is also full of charming lanes off the main streets.

One of my favorites!!

These concrete planters are perfect here.

A charming home from 1928.

I saw only a portion of what was available.  I should have re-booked an afternoon flight instead of a mid-morning one.  Still more to show you in another post next week - the Gorgeous Gardens of Twickenham!


Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You were right, these homes are amazing. I could look at this all day long. Glad your flight was cancelled :)

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Wow! Thanks for getting up early. I think I saw 10 different versions of my dream house.

Ashley said...

Be still my heart! So many porches, so much brick, so much Southern beauty in these homes.

I bet you were glad to have your flight cancelled!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

wow - how beautiful!!!

An Urban Cottage said...

Amazing! I'm in love.

Windlost said... only consolation is that they have giant bugs in the south (and we don't). :)

A great find...thanks for getting up so early for us. Gosh, we sound like we could be related...I love stuff like this.

xo Terri

vicki archer said...

That dove grey home in the fourth photo is just lucky that your flight was cancelled!!...xv

Jennifer said...

I grew up near Huntsville, and used to drive around this neighborhood day dreaming in high school :) The city has grown since I left - it offers a lot for it's small size. Affordable, too.

Jennifer said...

I do love the one with shutters on the porch - clever!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Every house is wonderful -- I LOVE that new homes are to scale. Wish that were the case everywhere! Thanks for sharing!!

Botanic Bleu said...

Huntsville, Alabama is my home town, and my family still lives in the north Alabama area surrounding Huntsville. I have been gone over 40 years, but visit family on a regular basis.

When I was a little girl, cotton was still king which built many of these houses. I would beg my grandparents to drive down these streets when we went into "town." One of the streets had a huge tree right in the middle of the road and was my favorite street. With much controversy, the tree was cut down to modernize the road.

The most beautiful time to see Huntsville is in March-April when the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom. Truly breathtaking, every inch of the Twickenham district is filled with stunning landscapes.


Hillcrest Acres said...

Thank you for sharing. Charleston is one of my favorite places to visit because of it's charm. This town has beautiful homes. Hopefully some day I can venture through this adorable town.


im dying over that adorable cottage with the shutters...have never seen that before-i LOVE LOVE LOVE! and the concrete planters-beautiful. love all the boxwoods!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

These homes are amazing southern beauties!
xo Nancy

ArchitectDesign™ said...

A good friend of mine here in DC is from there and is always talking about it -she's getting married down there this fall and I'm unable to go to the wedding unfortunately -it looks so beautiful, I had no idea!


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