This historic, Gothic Revival style antebellum home was built for William Penn Youngue in 1850. It features a steeply pitched roof and elaborate woodwork. He operated a large plantation that was 455 acres in size. Youngue also owned a grist mill, cotton gin, wind press and a lime kiln. Today, much of the property is now a park (Spring Villa Park) featuring a campground, hiking trails, volleyball courts, a bandstand, and picnic areas. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Backstory and Context
The property remained in private hands until it became public property in 1927 when the city bought it. It became a state park in 1939.
"Spring Villa History." The City of Opelika. Accessed October 19, 2017. http://www.opelika-al.gov/Default.asp?ID=2285&pg=Spring+Villa+History.
Photo: Rivers Langley, via Wikipedia Commons