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Antebellum Homes: Authentic Southern Charm Marked With History

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Are you one of the lucky few that have purchased an Antebellum home? For the rest of us an Antebellum home is a house that was built around thirty and forty years before the Civil War in the Southern United States. These homes are the epitome of fine living and are the best connection that Southerns have today to the Old South. While almost every individual would disagree with many of the old traditions there is one that is universally accepted and that is the appreciation of this era’s craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Antebellum homes are recognizable for their Greek, Classic or Federal design. You might have noticed the pillars, large porches and balconies, gabled roofs or what is known as a triangular building decoration, and big windows that are equally spaced. These are just a fraction of the house’s features but these serve a practical purpose because such a design relieves some of the heat and humidity that can be intense in the South. Remember, these houses were built way before air-conditioning existed, so the design was also made to make life more comfortable.

Double doors, formal receiving areas, a huge dining room and royalty-worthy bedrooms are enough to make anyone swoon…definitely me anyway. The showcase of wealth is a semblance of the proliferation of plantations during the early times in the South. And that’s not all. Add the chandeliers, mantelpieces and woodwork…it’s just an amazing home interior.

For anyone interested in living in an Antebellum, it’s important to know that renovation can’t be done in a snap. These homes are protected by historical societies and they aim to preserve the historical value of these residences. You need to ask permission before doing any major redecorating work.

The historical societies will expect you to maintain and upkeep the condition of the house. The external part of the house is also regulated to preserve the historical accuracy of the place. Decorating an Antebellum home might prove to be arduous because of its size, but other than that, no major repair work is usually necessary. These houses have been well-kept and protected so the quality is still something to be admired even if they were built decades ago.

Antebellum homes do pose their own challenges when trying to refurbish them, but the challenges can be easily met. Because there are so few good examples of Old South homes nearly all of them are protected by local historical societies, so it is a good idea to contact them before you start your restoration process. No matter what the condition the home was in when you purchased it, the historical society will expect you to have it in pristine condition within a matter of years. They will also insist that at the very least the outside of the residence is historically accurate.

When you purchase this type of home, you are truly purchasing a piece of history. While the challenges can be great when the project is completed you will have a one of a kind example of an exceptionally romantic period in history. This is an experience that is suppose to be enjoyed and when completed the whole community will appreciate the fruits of your labor.

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