Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, Tuscaloosa: Hours, Address, Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion Reviews: 4.5/5

Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
About
Free Tours Offered Tuesday-Saturday at 3:30pm. The Jemison- Van de Graaff Mansion (constructed 1852-1862) was one of the last and most elaborate great houses to be built in Alabama before the devastation of the American Civil War. The mansion has had many families call it home over the past century and a half, including senators, lawyers, and physicists. It was even home to the Tuscaloosa Public Library for a time. The home was purchased by the Jemison- Van de Graaff Mansion Foundation in the late 1990's and restored fully to its 1862 original glory. It is now a pristine historical museum open to the public for tours and available for rent for events.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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Lily
Kailua, HI53 contributions
Nice place
Aug 2017 • Solo
It’s a beautiful building, antique furniture, some art and I enjoyed it. Not many people knows about it. The staff was friendly and it was free.
Written July 22, 2018
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Cathy A
Narrows, Virginia, United States61 contributions
Worth at least driving by this mansion - it will make you feel like you're not alone!
Jul 2017 • Family
We were in Tuscaloosa just stopping over on our way to Louisiana. We were wondering around about 7:00 p.m. and stumbled upon this mansion. Would have loved to have gone in it but they were closed for the day. Still it was worth stopping by to see it - it makes you feel like you are not alone if you know what I mean! Kinda creepy yet draws you... :)
Written July 28, 2017
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BarbAWS
Frostburg, MD138 contributions
Amazing House
Jun 2017 • Couples
We just walked in off the street and very immediately taken on a tour just for us. The house is amazing and the stories about it are great. Highly recommend!!
Written June 17, 2017
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Melodycthomas
Long Island, NY1,458 contributions
Restricted Times
Mar 2017 • Couples
You can only walk in for a daily tour at 1:30 or call ahead to schedule a time. This is not a spur of the moment place.
Written March 8, 2017
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tamsea
Monclova, OH137 contributions
Really interesting and FREE!
Oct 2016 • Couples
There aren't many free tours out there so this was a nice surprise. And a tour guide makes or breaks a tour and Brandon was a great tour guide! He was interesting and relatable. We were too early for the 1:30 tour but he volunteered to take us early. Fun to learn about the families and history involved with this house.
Written October 7, 2016
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garybA2875TX
61 contributions
Vintage and historical landmark in Tuscaloosa
Sep 2015 • Family
I just love this place. The architecture and interior are amazing. Like walking back through time... Great place to visit!
Written August 24, 2016
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hitchrdnck
Tuscaloosa, AL18 contributions
Cool historic home
Jul 2016 • Solo
Very nice and well kept historic home. Has the first bathtub with running water in Alabama. A nice piece of history.
Written July 25, 2016
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Cindy H
Sanford, FL113 contributions
Call ahead and check tour times as there are only certain times you can go inside.
Jul 2016 • Friends
This house is in very good condition and while the furniture and accents are not original, they represent the time period. The is no charge to tour the home and the guide will answer any questions you have. If you research the house you will find that some claim "paranormal" activity in the home too. While we were visiting the area, the tour time was at 1:30pm daily, which was different than what we read online. My suggestion would be to call ahead to make sure. There are several other historical homes/sites in the close proximity so they stagger the times so the guides can get to each location; Battle-Friedman House, Drish House & the Tavern.
Written July 15, 2016
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Chrissie P
Huntsville, AL121 contributions
Someone give this place $
Jun 2016 • Family
Such a beautiful home. Jemison built it as a weekend home. His house was 8 miles away. Doesn't seem too far but in the 1860's...

Our guide was really informative, laid back, and polite. It took about 30 minutes. We were alone (family of 4), so there weren't too many questions.

It definitely felt like going back in time. This place needs so much renovation to perserve it. I'm not sure how that's done but if you're reading this and have half a million or know someone who does...

Not far from I-20 and worth the trip.
Written June 28, 2016
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petr0leumr0x
Houston, TX39 contributions
Southern Hospitality Lives
May 2016 • Family
The young man in charge was preparing for an event later that evening but was very happy to stop and provide us a tour of the house. Nice learning experience of life in the 1860's.
Written May 23, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


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