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A Plantation Christmas

By November 20, 2012

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One of Alabama's most distinguished antebellum homes, Belle Mont Mansion celebrates the holiday season with an afternoon event reminiscent of the "Old South." Set for December 2, 2012, "A Plantation Christmas" welcomes visitors to the historic home which will be decorated for an old fashioned Christmas and filled with period music and dancing.

Fresh greenery, fruit, and traditional decorations will fill the elegant 1828 mansion as vocalists and musicians present period music and dancers perform vintage ballroom dance at intervals throughout the afternoon. Costumed docents will be on hand to share the history of the house and to serve refreshments. The annual event is sponsored by the Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation.

Hours are 1 - 5 p.m. and admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 years old, and free for children under six years old. Proceeds benefit Belle Mont and historic preservation projects in Colbert County. Belle Mont Mansion is an excellent example of Jeffersonian style architecture of the early American Republic. It was constructed in 1828 and is known for its high quality brickwork and contrasting wood trim. Today, it is owned and operated by the Alabama Historical Commission and is one of only five state-owned historic homes.

Belle Mont Mansion is located at 1569 Cook Lane (County Road 53), approximately mile west of Highway 43 South in Tuscumbia. For more information on "A Plantation Christmas", call the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 256.383.0783.

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