As of Thursday, March 19, the Alabama Historical Commission will act on the recommendations of public health officials and Governor Ivey to implement a plan for social distancing in response to coronavirus and COVID-19. In the interest of public health and safety, the Alabama Historical Commission's main office and select historic sites have been closed to the public since March 16, and all events and programs are cancelled until April 30. The agency will reevaluate by that time. This closure includes Gaineswood. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you on another occasion.


Gaineswood, a National Historic Landmark, was constructed over an 18 year period (1843-1861). Owner and architect Nathan Bryan Whitfield produced a series of elaborate interior suites with domed ceilings. He adopted many details from popular architectural pattern books by Minard Lafever and others.

A cotton planter, Whitfield is described as a Renaissance man. His family's antebellum furnishings and remarkable decorative arts fill the Greek revival structure.

The Alabama Historical Commission owns this historic site. Friends of Gaineswood is the support group in charge of operating the site.

Blue Star Museum: Gaineswood proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Join us to learn about nineteenth century family life at Gaineswood through guided tours, special programs, and exhibits. 

Gaineswood is available for meetings and events. For more information please contact us at 334-289-4846 or


Heritage Days - April
Harvest Fest - October
Candlelight Tour - November
Open House (during Christmas on the River) - December

Amount Ticket
$7 Adult
$5 College and Military
$3 Children (6-18)
Group rates available For more info call 334-289-4846

Take U.S. Hwy 43 North through Jackson, Thomasville, and Linden into Demopolis. Turn left at the first traffic signal onto U.S. Hwy 80 West. At the third traffic signal turn right on Cedar Avenue. After three blocks Gaineswood is on the right.

805 South Cedar Avenue, Demopolis, Alabama 36732


Site Director: Lexie Meyer

Museum: 334-289-4846