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Harris ~ Pryor House
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member krsmith2
N 34° 40.792 W 086° 56.986
16S E 504601 N 3837543
Quick Description: Plantation Home passed down and saved for future generations of this family.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 4/21/2012 9:27:22 PM
Waymark Code: WME996
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 5

Long Description:

Build abt. 1858 by Schuyler Harris on land once owned by Henry Augustine Washington, a distant relative of the first president. Through purchases, marriages, and inheritance between the Washington, Harris and Pryor families, all from Virginia, a large plantation of over 3,000 acres was established. Long after the demise of slavery, approx. 60 tenant families lived on the land.

Schuyler Harris gave this house to his daughter, Ida Maria and her husband Wm. Richard Pryor, a son Sen. Luke Pryor II and Isabella Virginia (Harris) Pryor. It is through this descent that this historic house and farm known as “Flower Hill”, is owned and held in trust for future generations by Luke Pryor IV and his wife Betty (Lamb) Pryor. It is managed through a family corporation, and is not open to the public.

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Across the highway is a large spring known since early times as “English Spring.” It produced enough water for a town, and the little settlement, which formed around it, was a contender for the site of the county seat. It was not chosen however and the settlement ceased to exist.

This area for several miles around was known as “Quid Nunc” (Latin for “what next”) Beat and Post Office until about 1910 when it was changed to Harris Station, a community which had formed along the RR tracks to the SW. Time and “progress” have brought about the demise of that community, named for the prominent Harris Family. The Harris Cemetery is among the trees across the highway.
Marker Name: Harris ~ Pryor House (Flower Hill Farm)

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information::
Marker is near Tanner, Alabama 35671, in Limestone County. Marker is on U.S. 31 located on right side of hwy in front of home, headed south toward Birmingham, Al.

Date Dedicated / Placed: 2003 by Limestone County Historical Society & Athens/Limestone Tourism Council.

Marker Number: Not listed

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