Sometimes local news deserves a special blog, and this is one of those times. Regular readers from a few years ago know the history of the Weeden Home which sits on the grounds of Sweetwater Plantation in the eastern end of Florence. Now the historic home and grounds have been returned to the market:
Historic Sweetwater Plantation new on market. Home has little value in its current condition. Would be great for the City of Florence or State of Alabama to purchase and restore. or a great location for a Mega Church... 1828 Home of Major John Brahan, veteran of War of 1812. Major General Alabama Militia, who owned 4,000 acres here. Built of brick made on this place, marble mantels imported from Italy. Boxwood hedge from London. Named for spring nearby. Federal and Confederates quartered here during Civil War. Home of Brahan's son in law Governor Robert M. Patton 1865-1867.
First we’ll comment on poor, beleaguered John Brahan. He was a GENERAL! In case any readers are confused, this is the hierarchy of generals in the U.S.:
* Brigadier General
* Major General
* Lieutenant General
* Full General, aka Four-Star General
* And on rare occasions, a Five-Star General/Supreme Commander (Think Eisenhower—there hasn’t been such a general since WWII)
Could someone please have the historical marker outside the old home corrected?
Now let’s move on with this intriguing ad from Shirley Neese. Just how bad is this edifice that Ms. Neese feels the need to say: Home has little value? If any doubt this statement, go to our sidebar and take a look at the site captioned “Sweetwater Ruins.”
Yet, the asking price is a cool four million. Ms. Neese goes on to suggest the property would be a great site for a mega-church. Is Six Flags Over Jesus moving to the Lauderdale Side of the river? Or perhaps a certain church on Woodmont Drive could be convinced to build there?