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Oldest House in Shades Valley/Irondale Furnace Commissary - Mountain Brook, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 33° 30.577 W 086° 44.217
16S E 524430 N 3707816
Quick Description: Oldest House in Shades Valley/Irondale Furnace Commissary Historical Marker, Mountain Brook, AL
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/29/2011 5:29:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMCZBM
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 3

Long Description:
Double-sided historical marker about a house that is thought to be the oldest house in the area and it has Civil War history. It is located on Montevallo Road. It was placed by the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society.
Marker Name: Oldest House in Shades Valley/Irondale Furnace Commissary

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Cummings-Eastis-Beaumont House The original log structure was built c. 1820-1830, with the board and batten addition dating to as late as the 1860s. The log cabin was at first one and one-half stories and is believed to be the oldest structure in Shades Valley. Members of the Eastis family lived here for over eighty years until it was purchased by the Edward Beaumonts in 1951. Irondale Furnace Commissary the log house, purchased from William Cummings in 1863 by Wallace S. McElwain, owner of the nearby Cahaba Iron Works or Irondale Furnace, was used for a commissary or company store. This was the first store in Shades Valley for the settlers to purchase supplies. Before this, it was necessary for them to make a long trip over Red Mountain to Elyton, then the county seat. Although the furnace was destroyed March 29, 1865 by Wilson’s Raiders, the commissary was spared.

Date Dedicated / Placed: 1993

Marker Number: None

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