Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Hayes-Long Mansion - Greenwood, Florida

Over the next few days, I'll continue posting articles about some of the interesting historic sites around Greenwood.
This beautiful old home is the Hayes-Long Mansion. Located on State Highway 71 north in Greenwood, it is one of my favorite historic homes in Jackson County.
The Hayes-Long Mansion was built in around 1840 by James Hayes, a prominent early Jackson County resident and land owner. The home was built of native longleaf pine lumber and was originally a frame structure. The bricks were added during the early 1900s.
Mr. Hayes (spelling his name without the "e" as "Hays") enlisted in the Confederate Army on March 18, 1862 in Marianna. On the same day he was commissioned as the 2nd Lieutenant of Company D, 6th Florida Infantry. He was shot and killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in September of 1863.
The house remained in the hands of his estate until 1885. It was then owned by several families until it was purchased in 1913 by William H. Long. He renovated the home, adding the brick, and it remained in the hands of his family until 1984.
Beautifully restored, the historic mansion is a private residence today, but can be viewed along Highway 71 North in Greenwood. A historic marker, placed by the Chipola Historical Trust, stands in front of the house and provides details on its history.

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