For those who love the old houses and other historic buildings in Mobile, Friday, March 13 is the perfect day to tour one of the city's most popular homes/museums--the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 1906 Spring Hill Avenue.
"Tea at the Mansion" is from 1-4 p.m. Admission to the fundraiser is $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 years old and younger. The event also includes a tour of the Home Proceeds will help support the preservation and operation of Bragg-Mitchell and--another bonus--the Southern-style tea is planned to coincide with Mobile Historic Homes Tour March 13-14.
The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion was built in 1855 by Judge (later Congressman) John Bragg and is one of the most photographed buildings in the city.
The home has a storied history. Though it is surrounded by giant oaks now, all of the beautiful towering live oak trees were cut down during the Civil War to give Confederate defenders of Mobile free range to shell any approaching Union troops. The second notable event at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, according to Wikipedia, was that during the War all the furnishings were removed from the Mansion to Bragg's farm in Lowndes County. Ironically, that home and furnishings were burned when Wilson's Raiders went through the area; Mobile never became a battleground as had been anticipated.
John Bragg died in 1878 and the house was purchased in 1880 by William H. Pratt. It passed through several hands before being acquired by A.S. Mitchell in 1924.
Visitors to the two-story Bragg-Mitchell Mansion will find the architecture to be of interest. Built in the Greek Revival style with tall spindly columns, the home has fourteen rooms with seven of them being bedrooms. The ground floor features 15-foot ceilings.
For more information on the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Spring Tea or hosting a party for family, friends or business, call 251-471-6364 or visit website www.braggmitchellmansion.com. Tickets for the Tea may be purchased online through www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1233543, by phone or at the door (subject to availability.) For information on Mobile Historic Homes tour, visit www.historicmobile.org/historic-homes-tour.