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The Oaks (Colbert County, Alabama)

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Built  1818 (1818)
Opened  1818
Architectural style  Georgian architecture
Nearest city  Tuscumbia
NRHP Reference #  76000319
Area  3 ha
Added to NRHP  7 November 1976
The Oaks (Colbert County, Alabama)

The Oaks (also known as Abraham Ricks Plantation) is a historic residence near Tuscumbia in Colbert County, Alabama. Ricks came to North Alabama from Halifax, North Carolina, in the early 1820s. He acquired a large plantation which he sold in 1826 and purchased nearby land. A log house had been built on the new property circa 1818, and Ricks built a new, larger house connected to it which was completed in 1832. The house remained in the family until 1966, and is still in use as a private residence.

The original house is a one-and-a-half story log structure covered with weatherboards. Exterior chimneys rest in each gable end, and a shed roofed porch projects from the rear of the house. The log house is connected to the two-story main house by a one-story, gable roofed hall with two exterior doors and windows matching those of the main house. The front fa├žade of the main house is five bays wide, with a central portico supported by two square columns and topped with a deck. The twin-leaf door is surrounded by sidelights and a transom; a similar door with sidelights opens to the deck above. The portico is flanked by a pair of twelve-over-twelve sash windows on each side on both floors. The interior has a center-hall layout with one room on either side of a main hall.

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.


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