FLORENCE – The Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Office will host a free walking tour at the Forks of Cypress Plantation Site and Cemetery on Saturday, November 9 at 10am. The Forks of Cypress was built in 1820’s and was the first home in America with a peristyle colonnade.

It was home to James Jackson, one of the founders of Florence, who was known throughout the country for the thoroughbred horses that he bred and raced at the Forks. Tragically, the home burned in 1966 and only 23 columns remain as a testament to the once grand plantation.

It was regarded as one of the great houses of Alabama, and the location is considered to be one of Lauderdale County’s most significant historic landmarks. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Local historian Harry Wallace will guide the tour which will begin at the site of the columns and concluded at the cemetery. The Forks of Cypress is on private property and we hope the public will take advantage of this rare opportunity to tour the site. The tour is free and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Directions: Take Cox Creek Parkway to Jackson Road. (no traffic signal). Go north on Jackson Rd. and turn right at the dead end onto CR 41.

Contact Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 for additional information.