About Friends of Gaineswood
Mission: To preserve, promote and serve as an advocate for Gaineswood National Historic Landmark.
Founded in 1994, the Friends of Gaineswood’s mission is to ensure the restoration, preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. Gaineswood’s heritage and history enriches Alabama, the Black Belt, Marengo County, Demopolis, surrounding communities and the many visitors who are drawn to the area.
Major Restoration Projects
The Friends of Gaineswood, in conjunction with the Alabama Historical Commission and the City of Demopolis have completed the following projects with support from the Save America’s Treasures grant program:
- Dome Restoration in Dining Room and Parlor
- Structural stabilization and reroofing of Drawing Room
- Drawing Room ceiling stabilization
- Improved drainage
- North portico column stabilization
- Restoration of second floor walls and windows adjacent to domes
- Extensive foundation repair
- Installation of disabled-access ramp
- Reconstruction of garden walls and urns
- Repair of shutters and basement windows
- Repairs and painting of the main house, gazebo and gate house
Preservation in Action
Over the past decade, the Friends of Gaineswood and the Alabama Historical Commission made possible exterior historic paint analysis, structural stabilization of domes and the Drawing Room ceiling, reroofing, foundation repair, addition of a disabled accessibility ramp, improved drainage, repainting and restoration of significant historic details.
Throughout our nation’s communities, there are significant places that have contributed to our American experience –The National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to spread the word that programs like Save America’s Treasures not only protect the places that tell our nation’s history, but they also create jobs and spur economic development.
Historic preservation fosters sustainable development, revitalizes neighborhoods, encourages local pride and maintains community character while enhancing livability. Historic preservation also underscores the role of history in our lives and celebrates the contributions made by dedicated individuals who preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people.
Today, the legacy left by Nathan Bryan Whitfield eloquently speaks to us from the past more accurately than this generation has ever witnessed. Come celebrate with us and experience first-hand the fruits of preservation.