The home, built in 1866, is 3622 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. It is in immaculate shape and has been well loved and cared for by the family for many years.
Montebrier was built in 1866 by John Mallett while working for Josiah Gorgas, who was hired to retore the Ironworks after the Civil War. It is Gothic Revival Architecture.
The home, barn and lake are on 14.2 acres along Mahan Creek in Brierfield, Bibb CountyMahan Creek is a tributary of the Little Cahaba and Cahaba River.
Porch is waiting for the next family to be part of the history of Montebrier.
A large two acre oxbow lake near the house has plenty of large fish.
The barn complex has space for some serious workshops with lots of storage for tools as well as tractors and lawn equipment. There is even a two horse stall at the end. It overlooks the lake and train tracks.
The 3622 sq ft home has 20 ft ceilings in the parlor. The light fixtrue dated around 1890 was bought at an auction in Thorsby.The built in sideboard features a stained glass that dates to about 1880.
Expansive pecky cypress bookshelves with a custom pipe organ on the side. Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ that dates to 1919 came from a FL theatre. It was installed around 1970. It still plays and can work with a computer for those who cannot play a pipe organ.
The long drive through huge hardwoods and cedars to the home is a scene that has greeted someone for a long time. The house was well designed and constructed over 150 years ago. There are quotes from many family members as having spent their best years here in this home.
Beautiful swing next to the house overlooking the large lake - a place where stories are told and retold.
A large two acre lake is made for canoes and fishing.
The house was well situated over a century ago. This is a view of the house from the barn side of the lake.
The entrance hall has custom made heart pine doors and clear beveled glass surrounding the front door. The large folding doors go to the den. The windows are doors that can open if you wish to enjoy the breezes.
The kitchen is well designed and cozy with a window to the dining room for passing food. The wood stove keeps it warm in the winter and the screened porch facing east brings breezes and bird calls in the spring.
The wood fire place in the den is the back side of the wood burning stove in the kitchen. The 44 inch millstone is from the grist mill that was once across the creek.
The large mill stone was once at the mill across the creek from the house.
Expansive custom made pecky cypress books shelves with a custom built Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe organ.
Custom pipe organ also is run by a computer in case you are not an organ player.
One of a kind cast iron chandalier from Monterey Mexico. The leaves are made from old beer cans. there are 25 hand blown etched glass globes. It was purchased in 1976.
The owners put the dinning room just outside the pass through to the kitchen with a stain glass sideboard separating it from the front door. The dinning table is custom made and stays with the house as well as the historic Metro Goldwin rug from the old Temple theater in Birmingham.
One of the two original bedrooms in the house has wide plank heart pine flooring.
One of the original mantles for the house.
The other original bedroom has wide plank heart pine flooring. The painting was done of the house many years ago.
The long drive makes a circle at the house with this beautiful old well in the turn. Today you have city water and power.
The house sits atop a knowl that overlooks Mahan Creek.
Beautiful porch just waiting for folks to enjoy the day.
The long front porch that over looks Mahan Creek has two heart pine church pews that date to 1880 as well as a joggling board.
View of the detailing of the front porch to welcome you home.
Two huge old white oaks that flank the circular drive.
Unique way to store wood that keeps the wood dry and allows the bark chips to cover the bank below.
Large buckeye blooming at the side of the house.
Long dirve along Mahan Creek to the main gate.
Old railroad track that runs along the back part of the property was at one time essential to the Ironworks and carrying the iron to Selma.
Beautiful open lawn along the lake on the barn side.
View from the barn toward the lake late in the afternoon.
Classic view of the house atop the hill over looking the lake below. The view is from near the barn.
The barn complex with room for an extensive workshop, tractor, lawn equipment and just about anything having a great deal of storage.
19330 AL-139, Brierfield, AL 35035, 33.044463, -86.906452, Directions from I-65 1. Head west on AL-25 S toward Foundry Rd (0.7 mi) 2. Turn left onto US-31 S (0.2) 3. Turn right onto AL-25 S (9.6 mi) 4. Turn left onto AL-139 S (1.2 mi) 5. The destination is on the right.
Montebrier built in 1866 in Historic Brierfield, Bibb County
Montebrier, Gothic Revival cottage home built in 1866 along Mahan Creek, is situated on +/-13 acres in Brierfield, AL.
The home is 3,622 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.
The large parlor has 20 ft. ceilings along with a custom built in Wurlitzer Theatre pipe organ and custom pecky cypress bookshelves.
Oak solid panels in the parlor are gothic design organ casework from church in Selma recently valued at $9000.
Large custom dining table (stays with the house) along with historic rug from Temple Sideboard built around 1880 stained glass piece.
Wood burning stove in the kitchen.
Wood burning fireplace in the den with custom rockwork incorporating a large 44 inch millstone from across Mahan Creek.
Original wide plank heart pine floors in the bedrooms.
Front porch with 1880s heart pine church pews over looking Mahan Creek that is ready for sitting and visiting.
A large lake adjacent to the home is full of fish.
Barn with tool room, car storage area, electric room and yard equipment.
Two stall horse barn.
Screened porch and Small office area off the kitchen. Basement.
The home has generous space with lots of storage and is in immaculate condition.
National Register of Historic Places.
10 minutes to Montevallo 20 minutes to Centreville 20 minutes to Alabaster and 40 minutes to Birmingham.
Montebrier is a one of a kind property that has maintained its value because of the quality of design and construction for over 150 years. The property has been well loved and cared for by the family. A fresh coat of paint and a new roof were most recent additions.
Built in 1866, as a Gothic Revival Cottage it has been home to some famous Alabamians such as Amelia Gorgas, John William Mallett, and Caswell C. Huckabee who started the Brierfield Iron works in 1862. For a short period of time in the late 1920s it was used as a club and speakeasy with the original square dance floor still in tact. This is a place meant for people from the cozy kitchen, the spacious parlor and the front porch overlooking Mahan Creek.
The house was built by John William Mallett, a former University of Alabama professor and recent Superintendent of Confederate Ordnance Laboratories, who agreed to help run the Brierfield Ironworks located nearby.
In March 1915, then Surgeon General William C. Gorgas came here with his sister Jessie and spent a few hours with Adelaide Mahan and Cunningham Mahan who lived just across the creek. He told them he found himself near here and wanted to see this creek again and the place where he spent the happiest years of his life.
It has been true of all the many people that have lived here. It is time for the next family to be part of the history of Montebrier.