Thursday, June 4, 2009
Liberty Hall and the A. H. Stevens State Historic Park
Pursuing our travels of local discovery, our next trip took us about 100 miles east of Atlanta to Crawfordville , Georgia to visit Liberty Hall, the house where Alexander Hamilton Stevens lived. Liberty Hall was renovated to its 1875 style and is now part of the A. H. Stevens State Historic Park . We live in an area where Civil War battles were fought and many sites are associated with this time in our history. Even on the street where we live, there was a battle, and the previous owners of our house told us that a Confederate belt buckle was found when they were excavating to build the house.
Here are two views of Liberty Hall, front and back - please click on pictures to enlarge them.
Alexander Stevens was born on 11 February 1812 and passed away on 4 March 1883 while serving as the Governor of Georgia. He was a lawyer, known for successfully defending the wrongly accused. He was also a state politician who tried to delay Secession, but when the act was passed, he gave his support to the Confederacy and was elected its Vice President. Alexander Stevens was a very intelligent and generous person, so generous that when he died he was almost penniless as he gave much of his fortune away. We toured his house, Liberty Hall, which is a National Historic Landmark. Liberty Hall is fully furnished, with a separate kitchen, and other out buildings.
Here are pictures of the interior of Liberty Hall -
Below are pictures of the library, the kitchen, and the washroom.
A. H. Stevens, as rich men of that time in Georgia , had slaves, but his views on slavery were questioned because he treated his slaves fairly. He never had them physically punished nor jailed and never separated families. He paid for the education of over 100 students, male and female, black and white. Actually none of his slaves ran away. After the war was over, the two slaves who lived in the slave cabin pictured below chose not to leave and Stevens sent their son to college and law school in the North.
Near the house is a Confederate museum with one of the finest collections of Civil Wars artifacts including uniforms and documents.
The park around the house has about 1,177 acres, 2 fishing lakes, 12 miles of nature trails, cottages in addition to picnic and camping facilities. When we visited the park, it was a beautiful day with all the azaleas in bloom.