One of my favorite things is having opportunities to pitch in to help spruce up The Owen Pioneer Home. I enjoy the feeling of traveling back in time, imagining what it must have been like long before the hurried lifestyle of modern technology and roadways. Spending a few quiet moments there refreshes my appreciation for simple daily conveniences too numerous to count. Even though life was undoubtedly much harder than it is today, I also feel sure there were rich blessings of family and community life that have been lost in trade for comfort and longevity. Survival would have depended on tight relationships, sharing and a lot of hard work.
At Christmastime, everyone has a chance to experience this glimpse into historic Alabama. Each year, three historic homeplaces of influential pioneer families in Jefferson County usher in the Season with an open house. The Sadler, Owen and McAdory Homes get all dressed up for Christmas and welcome guests with a few hours of typical 19th-century music, food, family histories, tours and a peek at life in the 1800s. Each of these homes is on the National Historic Register and on December 2, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm a contribution of $8 per person (free for children 12 and under) lets you wander around to explore each of them. Click here for more details.
The State Bicentennial is being celebrated through December 14th 2019 and the three families represented in these homes were noteworthy in Alabama’s early history. An article by “The Encyclopedia of Alabama” describes them as “Maintained by the West Jefferson County Historical Society (WJCHS), … three homes include the Sadler Plantation Home (ca. 1820), the Owen Plantation Home (ca. 1833), and McAdory Plantation Home (ca. 1840). Starting out as simple dwellings, these homes capture the early nineteenth century shift from a wilderness to a prosperous agricultural state. Additionally, the people who constructed these homes as well as their descendants would become major contributors to the development of Alabama politics, education, medicine, agriculture, and more. The three homes were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) in the 1970s. They are located on Eastern Valley Road, also known as County Road 18, roughly east of the intersection between Interstates 20 and 459.”