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Cahaba Alabama, Dr. Saltmarsh


From Memories of Old Cahaba by Anna M. Gayle Fry published 1908

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Two and a half miles from Cahaba, on the Orrville road, on a high elevation overlooking the town, was the old Beene place, at one time the home of Mrs. William Beene, one of the most beautiful and gifted women of her day. Mr. Beene was a first cousin of William L. Yancy and a nephew of Judge William E. Bird, of Cahaba. Back of the Beene place was Mt. Nebo, a country residence of Judge Campbell, a picturesque and romantic spot in a large pine grove. Farther out, on the Orville road, was the long, high Saltmarch hill, on the top of which was located another spacious country house, surrounded by wealth and luxury, with its numerous slaves and an extensive, well-improved plantation, the home of Dr. Saltmarsh, a wealthy, public-spirited gentleman of Northern birth who married a Miss Beck, sister of the late Col. Thomas R. Beck, of Camden, Ala., and a niece of Hon. William R. King. Beyond the Saltmarsh place was the large two-story Mitchell house, standing in a munificent grove of forest trees. Beyond the Mitchell place was the home of Mrs. Peter Mathews, now known as the Chambliss place. This was an ideal spot, overlooking the high bluffs of the Alabama River, and also surrounded by a handsome grove of old trees. The beautiful residence was fitted up with all the luxury that heart could wish or mind desire, handsome furniture, rare books, beautiful paintings, and a stable filled with fine horses and elegant carriages. Here was the lifetime home of he stately and accomplished Mattie Mathews, one of the lovely girls of Dallas County in the early sixties, and who afterwards became the wife of Major N. Chambliss, from Tennessee.
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