One of Alabama’s most distinguished antebellum homes, Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia, Ala., hosts its annual old-fashioned holiday celebration the first Sunday in December each year. A Plantation Christmas invites everyone to the historic grand home which is decorated for an old fashioned Christmas and filled with period music and dancing.
Fresh greenery, fruit, and traditional decorations fill the elegant 1828 mansion as vocalists and musicians present period music and dancers perform vintage ballroom dance. Costumed docents are on hand to share the history of the house and to serve refreshments.
Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. and admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 years old, and free for children under six years old. A Plantation Christmas is sponsored by Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation, which operates the museum, and proceeds benefit Belle Mont and local preservation efforts.
Belle Mont Mansion is an excellent example of Jeffersonian style architecture of the early American Republic. It was constructed in 1828 and is known for its high quality brickwork and contrasting wood trim. Today, it is owned by the Alabama Historical Commission and is one of only five state-owned historic homes. It is furnished with period antiques from the Tennessee Valley and a number of portraits and other items original to the Isaac Winston family, who once owned the plantation.