Bride's Hill

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Bride's Hill
Bride's Hill, Lawrence County, AL.JPG
Bride's Hill in 2005
Bride's Hill is located in Alabama
Bride's Hill
Nearest city Wheeler, Alabama
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Built 1830
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
MPS Tidewater Cottages in the Tennessee Valley TR
NRHP Reference # 86001544[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 9, 1986
Designated ARLH April 16, 1985[2]

Bride's Hill, known also as Sunnybrook, is a historic house near Wheeler, Alabama. It is one of the state's earliest surviving and most significant, examples of the Tidewater-type cottage. It was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on April 16, 1985 and to the National Register of Historic Places on July 9, 1986.[1][2]


A member of the Dandridge family, cousins of America's first First Lady (Martha Washington), is believed to have built Bride's Hill. Its deep cellar, lighted by oblong ground-level windows, houses a basement kitchen-dining room. On the main floor a broad central hall, with a graceful reverse-flight stairway rising to the low half-story above, separates two large rooms. Allegedly a separate brick kitchen structure once stood to the rear. When absorbed into the vast Joseph Wheeler estate in 1907, the house and surrounding farm became known as Sunnybrook. Located in rural Lawrence County, the house has been unoccupied since the 1980s and is in a state of disrepair.[3]


Brought to the early Alabama plantation frontier by settlers from the Tidewater and Piedmont regions of Virginia, this vernacular house-type is usually a story-and-a-half in height, and characterized by prominent end chimneys flanking a steeply pitched roof often pierced by dormer windows.[3]

Robert Gamble, in his book The Alabama Catalog, Historic American Buildings Survey: A Guide to the Early Architecture of the State gives this description of Bride's Hill architecture: —

this house was developed according to the double-square formula employed by colonial Virginia house builders, the front elevation of Bride's Hill is almost exactly twice as long as it is high, counting the slope of the roof. Another rare-perhaps unique-feature of this important early Alabama house is the cantilevered chimney pent, the narrow, shed-roofed projection that abuts the left chimney...another pent [is] to the rear of the right chimney.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Staff (July 9, 2010). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. Retrieved October 25, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Gamble, Robert (1990). Historic architecture in Alabama: a guide to styles and types, 1810-1930. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press. pp. 33–35. ISBN 0-8173-1134-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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