The Kate Shepard house is full of pieces of our country’s history, including Confederate Civil War relics and memorabilia dating back as far as the early 1800s. This lovely Queen Anne home was built by Mr. C. M. Shepard in 1897 and designed by well-known architect George F. Barber. Its major components are believed to have been delivered from Tennessee in thirteen railroad cars. It features original fireplaces and mantles, stained glass windows, hardwood floors and light fixtures. Two twin houses have been located in Courtland, New York and Osceola, Iowa. Four other Barber homes are located in and around the Mobile area.
Beginning in 1910, this home was used by Mr. Shepard’s daughter, Kate, for a private boarding and day school where prominent Mobile citizens sent their children. Many of the school’s books and tools are on display in the Library. A local public elementary school bares Kate’s name.
After 14 years in Hawaii, Bill and Wendy searched the south for the perfect house to fulfill the dream of owning a Bed and Breakfast. They found just that in this historic beauty. And it even came with boxes in the attic filled with treasures! On display in the library are letters and documents dating back to the early 1800s.
The Confederate Relic Room in Columbia, South Carolina now has a portion of their museum dedicated to The McRae Papers, the rare Civil War documents also found in the attic.
Set your DVR for "If Walls Could Talk", the HGTV show, episode #2007, where Wendy and Bill share their amazing story. Or click here to see the video on You Tube .
If you like history, you will love The Kate Shepard House.