B E S S E M E R H I S T O R I C S O C I E T Y . C O M
formerly: Bessemer Historical Homeowner's Association
The Judson-Moody House ca. 1887 aka "The Moody Mansion" was originally home to newspaper editor and Real Estate speculator William Henry Harrison Judson. Judson's eldest daughter Lula (aka "Ask Judy" columnist) married First National Bank President and Real Estate firm owner Lee Moody. It is Jefferson County's largest 19th c home with almost 9050 square feet under the roof and an additional 1900 square feet of porches. It has been undergoing a two year extensive renovation by BHS president, Michael Allen and husband, Jerett New.
Since their purchase (pic on top left shows their roofer atop the peak of the home), the home has been studied by numerous paranormal activity groups with multiple recordings and readings captured in the home that is said to be "bustling with activity." Their have been at least five recorded deaths in the home.
Additional press for MM has been gained from the #mansiontestkitchen. A major commercial style kitchen renovation is the set for banquet dinners and elaborate meals that are produced here and shared with their many followers on social media and the webpage for the home.
The Moody Mansion is the site of the annual Black Tie Christmas Gala that is the party of all Christmas parties, typically sponsoring a charity each year.
The Scott-Vines House (c. 1899) at 422 Owen Avenue, Jonesboro, is owned by Jonathan Edmondson. This grand, Queen Anne Victorian, built by Bessemer attorney Pinkney Scott, is a Bessemer landmark.
A charming, slender, three-story turret distinquishes the home. The structure has a traditional roof form, hipped with cross gables. It features large rooms, leaded glass, and large porches overlooking the exquisite gardens and private exotic animal collection. The porch is two-tiered, with the upper level facing Owen Avenue, and the lower wrapping around the tower corner. Attractive bands of scalloped and diamond shingles remain on the tower.
It has been the set of a major motion picture and site of multiple fundraising events that have raised well over $100,000 for charities since Edmondson's ownership. It is said to be the most photographed home in Bessemer.
It is hard to compete with the quality of renovation and furnishings in this magnificent home, however the gardens outside do just that and are so beautiful that they cannot be described.
Huey-Shaw House (c. 1900)Two-story Early Eclectic house with basement; high hipped roof with lower cross-gables; deep flat eaves with dentil blocks and paired console brackets. Double teardrop siding on brick wall foundation; full-facade and wrapping projecting hipped porch supported by fluted columns with Ionic capitals on brick pier bases, post ballustrade. Windows are 1-over-1 sash, the large one on the front with lozenge mullion inset; three interior brick chimneys, main one with drip courses. Single entry with sidelights and transom; upper door onto porch roof has narrow 1-over-1 sidelights; original roof balustrade now missing.
Restored in 1996 and in very fine condition the further in 2009, this home is currently for sale and looking for its next caretaker. Contact BHS president, Michael Allen, for details.
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The Historic Bessemer Chamber of Commerce Building was originally built as Bessemer second public library in 1907 with a Carnegie Grant. It housed the library until 1967 when it moved to the old Bessemer Post Office Building and remains there still today. The buildings notable features are detailed arched around the entire building, the oversized original front doors and hardware, and tremendous ceiling heights of 18 feet. It has been well preserved and is a historic staple of the downtown historic district.