Gaineswood National Historic Landmark
Visitor Information805 S Cedar Avenue
Demopolis, Alabama 36732
National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: $1.00 off regular admission
Between 1843 and 1861, Nathan Bryan Whitfield transformed a dogtrot cabin into what we know as Gaineswood. Whitfield was his own designer, taking ideas from architectural books of the day and from his travels. His son Bryan Watkins Whitfield helped in the development of Gaineswood, ordering mantels from Philadelphia, and designing and fabricating the circular observatory known as "The Ring". Skilled enslaved and free African-American workers did most of the work on the house, along with itinerant artists. John Gibson, who designed stained glass for the US Capitol, designed art glass transoms depicting classical scenes.