Historic Markers Across Alabama

Belle Mont

Marker ID:  
Location: Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, Alabama
County: Colbert
Coordinates: N 34° 39.957    W 087° 40.051
  34.66595    -87.66751666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Built between 1828 and 1832, Belle Mont is a foremost example of Jeffersonian Palladian Architecture in the deep south and one of Alabama's first great plantation houses.

It was build for Dr. Alexander W. Mitchell, a native of Virginia, and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and one of the first large scale~ planters and slaveholders in this area.

In 1833 this 1,680~ acre plantation was sold by Mitchell to another Virginian Native, Isaac Winston. Winston, also a prominent planter and strong supporter of the Confederacy, was the uncle of Alabama's first native born Governor, John Anthony Winston. Belle Monte remained in the hands of Winston heirs until 1941.

In 1983 the house and 33 surrounding acres were donated to the Alabama Historical Commission.

National Register of Historic Places February 23, 1982

Erected 1992 by Alabama State Society National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.

End of Belle Mont