Christmas in the Canebrake

The name Demopolis is Greek in origin, meaning 'city of the people.'

Almost 200 years after it was founded, the city still pays homage to those who helped it become what it is today.

Some of the most prominent figures remembered are the former owners of three historic homes in Demopolis that are still standing.

Bluff Hall, Lyon Hall and Gaineswood are antebellum homes that were all built between 1832 and 1863. Francis Lyon owned Bluff Hall.

"Francis Lyon actually was a statesman," said Kirk Brooker of the Marengo County Historical Society. "And during a very difficult time he helped to save the Alabama state banks by using about $6 million of his own money. Demopolis just has such a rich history and we go back actually before the state of Alabama. So, by preserving our history we have it for each generation to come. And such buildings like this, they don't build this anymore."

To preserve the history that lies between these walls, each year the Marengo County Historical Society sponsors a tour of the homes. It's called Christmas at the Canebrake. Complete with food, music, Christmas decorations and guides dressed in period attire, organizers say the tour truly is history coming to life.

'It is a fundraiser of sorts, but really it's for the community, and it's for visitors to get a taste and a fell and the sounds of Christmas past," Brooker said.

Tour details:
Friday 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$4 per house for adults

Free for children 12 & under

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