Monday, June 15, 2009

Sadler Plantation House - McCalla, Alabama

One of the best preserved historic homes of its nature in Alabama, the Sadler Plantation House is located in the community of McCalla on the outskirts of Birmingham.

Located just up Eastern Valley Road from Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, the Sadler House dates back to the days when early settlers first moved into the area following the Treaty of Fort Jackson that took hundreds of thousands of acres from the Creek Nation.

The original core of the house was a square "single pen" log cabin built somewhere between 1817 and 1820 by John Loveless. Tradition holds that he selected the site for his home because it was an old Indian field that had already been cleared. Loveless died within a few years of building the cabin and his widow sold the farm to Isaac Wellington Sadler.

Using the original cabin as the frame for one side of the house, Sadler launched a major expansion project during the 1830s that resulted in the two-story, "dog trot" style house that is visible today. "Dog trots" were so named because they were open hallways that dogs often trotted through, but they also offered cool breezes that helped cool homes.

The Sadler Plantation House is now owned by the West Jefferson County Historical Society, which maintains it in beautiful condition. To learn more, please visit

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