Historic Mobile Preservation Society
Bravery & Beauty
Volume 41, Issue 1 Bravery & Beauty was a field sipped his first mint juleps and savoring deli-
November 2009 rousing success! The mint julep on Oakleigh's ve- cious food.
julep party and silent auc- randa. Later, he would
tion boasted record atten- reminisce, "The bravery According to HMPS
Inside this issue: dance and raised funds and beauty of Mobile Board member Sam
and community support Gadd, who coordinated
for the work of the His- the event, dozens of area
Haunted Oakleigh 2 toric Mobile Preservation businesses donated goods
Society. Guests filled the and services for the auc-
antebellum mansion and tion. Local artists also
Oakleigh Belles 2 showed their support for
spilled out onto the lawn.
The jovial air lingered historic preservation by
Become A Partner 2 well into the evening. The donating their works.
festive event commemo- “This is what you call a
"The bravery and beauty of ‘working board’” com-
rates the 1877 visit to Mobile were there."
Brave Scouts 3 Oakleigh by (then) Ohio James A. Garfield (1877)
mented Martha LoCicero
Congressman and retired as she quietly guided fel-
(Union) Major General were there." And so, once low board members and
Plan A Visit 3 HMPS volunteers
James A. Garfield who again, the brave and beau-
would soon become our tiful have returned to through the bustle that
20th President. As the Oakleigh to mingle with night. And work they did,
“What’s It Worth” 3
guest of T.K. Irwin, Gar- neighbors while sipping with passion and purpose.
Just wait until next year!
Historic Preservation: Our Passion!
Dear Friends, the Mobile Historic Develop- We are having an incredible,
Coming Attractions: ment Commission and the productive year. For example,
Historic Mobile Preservation
City of Mobile to support the Oakleigh complex has
“What’s It Worth” Society (HMPS) is alive, well
community preservation. been spruced up, inside and
and flourishing. Your new
(airing on Fox 10) HMPS is represented on the out. New flooring has been
board took office in late May.
newly reconstituted Barton installed throughout much of
November 11th & 12th We immediately embarked on
Preservation Committee. the first floor, thanks to the
a mission to rekindle those
Christmas at Oakleigh important ties to each historic
Keeping Barton Academy in city. Trim was painted and
the forefront of preservation windows replaced and glazed.
December 5th & 6th neighborhood and organiza-
and restoration is essential. City groundskeepers have
tion. Currently we are in dia-
Historic Homes Tour You can count on HMPS to taken the gardens in hand. A
logue with Old Dauphin Way.
March 19h & 20h , 2010 be a proactive voice. (Continued on page 3)
We are also reaching out to
Page 2 Landmark Letter
Hailing from all over the city, rowing tales. The vignettes other supporting roles
more than 500 Mobilians called upon local legends and throughout the three night
recently experienced a night of actual historical events associ- event. Even neighborhood
suspense, mystery and intrigue ated with the property to stir children got in on the act.
during Haunted Oakleigh. the imaginations of both
Proceeds from Haunted Oak-
Even the driving downpour young and old.
leigh will support projects at
last Thursday evening
The Drama Department from Oakleigh including support
(October 22) did not deter the
the University of South Ala- for our Belles and their activi-
crowds. Guests prowled and
bama provided the artistic ties. HMPS appreciates such a
snooped all over the shadowy
direction, amazing props and “frightful” response by our
Oakleigh Complex. Their
special effects, as well as ac- friends, neighbors, and part-
journey unfolded like a sus-
tors. Oakleigh's own Belles ners. Many thanks to all!
pense-filled novel telling har-
served as actresses and in
Become a Partner Today!
“Oakleigh is When you become an HMPS
partner you join a broad-based
bership for just $50/year.
Various levels of membership
Oakleigh Gift Shop and at
HMPS special events. As an
the front community effort that’s com-
mitted to making sure that
are also available, including
Corporate Memberships. As
added benefit, you are eligible
for discounted registration to
porch of Mobile’s distinctive charm
flavors the 21st Century.
our partner in historic preser-
vation you will receive news
the annual National Trust for
Historic Preservation confer-
Membership is within every- and announcements regarding ence. Don’t delay, call
Mobile.” one’s reach. Even the young- a variety of activities: educa- 251.432.6161 to become our
est students may join for just tional, social and civic. Enjoy partner in historic preserva-
Al Stokes $10/year. Individuals can complimentary admission to tion.
enroll, beginning at a modest Oakleigh Historic Complex
Click here to download on-
$35/year. Families of any size year-round. You are also eligi-
line membership form.
can enjoy the benefits of mem- ble for exclusive discounts in
Oakleigh Belles: Exceptional Girls Bring History to Life
The Oakleigh Belles program, also serve as hostesses for spe- ams Trufant. “Because the
which began in 2008, is de- cial events including Haunted Oakleigh Belles interact with
signed to initiate high-school Oakleigh, Christmas at Oak- the public, our girls must be
girls as guides of the Oakleigh leigh, and the Mobile Historic outgoing, poised, and have
Historic Complex and the Homes Tour. Additionally, excellent communication
Museum of Mobile, as well as they have some fun activities skills. It helps, too, if they
allowing them to serve as am- including picnics and parties have a passion for history!”
bassadors for the Historic at the Oakleigh Mansion.
Belles get acquainted Interviews take place each
Mobile Preservation Society.
during their introduction “We have girls from all over January. Girls interested in
to the Oakleigh Complex. They are selected annually in a
the Mobile area. Our Belles becoming an Oakleigh Belle
competitive interview setting.
are very active in their schools are encouraged to contact
The girls, dressed in authentic and are required to maintain a Sally Adams Trufant. Her
late 1800’s period dresses, cumulative B average,” reports email address is:
make special appearances for Historic Mobile Preservation
activities related to tourism Society board member and
and civic presentations. Belles Belle coordinator, Sally Ad-
Volume 41, Issue 1 Page 3
What’s It Worth
Two years ago a chalk, ink, palm and a finger print that you have an opportunity to
and pencil sketch of a young are an exact match for prints ask the experts, “Is great
woman sold at auction for the attributed to Leonardo da grandmother’s lamp really a
remarkable sum of Vinci on another work Tiffany or just an aged knock-
$19,000. Until recently housed in the Vatican off brand?” WALA-Fox 10 is
the portrait was credited museum. Art experts tell sponsoring an exciting event
to a 19th century Ger- the current owner that called, “What’s It Worth”, so
man artist. Unfortu- the portrait is valued at bring your treasures (or trin-
Some of our brave scouts strike a
nately, the previous greater than $150 mil- kets) to Oakleigh on Novem-
pose with President Garfield after
owner did not know its lion. Maybe you have an ber 11th and 12th from 8 a.m. the party.
real worth! A forensic antique or piece of art until 4 p.m. For more event
expert using 21st cen- that makes you wonder, details, call 251.432.6161. Brave Scouts
tury science discovered a “What’s it worth?” Now Professional appraisers will be
on hand to give you an an- As Bravery & Beauty wound
swer. Your down, a group of uniformed
Oakleigh House donation of young men appeared at the
$2 per item door. After a word of welcome
Hours of Operation
appraised, is and a few introductions they
Monday-Wednesday: by appointment a charitable were escorted to the formal
Thursday: 10:00AM-4:00PM gift that dining room to enjoy some
Friday: 10:00AM-4:00PM benefits the refreshments. Their identity
Saturday: 10:00AM-4:00PM work of Pene- was not so much a mystery as
Sunday: 1:00PM-4:00PM lope House was the purpose behind their
and the His- presence. Party goers appeared
Tours on the hour. toric Mobile a tad puzzled as they offered
Last tour begins one hour prior to closing. Preservation the boys a warm smile or a
Society. kind nod.
$7 for adults Viewers can At the stroke of nine o’clock
$3 for children and students also tune in members of Boy Scout Troop
$5/person for groups of 10+ to Fox 10 for 227 shifted into action. They
Discounts for Seniors, AAA, Veterans & Active Military live broadcasts from Oakleigh. volunteered their service to
Who knows what you might make sure that Oakleigh was
Call 251.432.6161 for information discover? ready to receive touring guests
the following morning. Tables
were stacked and stowed. Lin-
ens were gathered and shaken
out. As each task was com-
(Continued from Page 1) pleted a scout would ask where
he might be put to use. Before
horticulturist is guiding our documents concerning Barton joy, why not come and join us long the tables had been
efforts at improving the and other historic buildings. on the front porch and sit a cleared for the caterer and a
grounds. Area youth are fast What a wealth of information! spell! couple of boys stationed them-
becoming partners with selves at the sink and took
Bravery and Beauty was a re- charge of washing platters and
HMPS. (See related articles.)
sounding success and there’s serving pieces. “These boys are
The Minnie Mitchell Archives much more to come! remarkable!” was oft repeated.
responds to inquiries from all Yes they are! Several are now
Al Stokes, the mayor’s Chief
over the United States. Re- Martha S. LoCicero, M.D. exploring possible Eagle Scout
of Staff, recently remarked
cently Mrs. Lewis Brasell, service projects in partnership
that the Oakleigh Complex is President, HMPS
(Lois) entrusted the archives with HMPS. Be Prepared for
the “front porch of Mobile”.
with some of her late hus- more scouting service.
With so much activity to en-
bands writing, pictures, and
H ISTORIC M OBILE PAID
P RESERVATION Mobile, Alabama
S OCIETY Permit # 528
300 Oakleigh Place
Mobile, AL 36604
Preserving tangible links to our past
for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
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your check made payable to:
Historic Mobile Preservation Society
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300 Oakleigh Place
Mobile, AL 36604 22” wreaths/ $20
For more information or for discounts on large or-
ders contact Sam Gadd at 251-648-1857.
75’ white pine garlands/$25
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