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Friends of the Swift-Coles Historic Home is a corporation organized under the Alabama Non-Profit Corporation Act and created to support the restoration, maintenance and management of the Swift-Coles Historic Home and to promote the Home as an educational facility, an historic resource and a tourist attraction
The home is open for guided tours on Tuesdays & Fridays 10:00-3:00 and special events throughout the year. Our Docents receive training at their own pace and will wear vintage type clothing provided by us. Our Docents enjoy interacting with the visitors from around the country.
This house began in 1882 with a simple four-room structure in the bend of the Bon Secour River. In 1898, Charles and Susan Swift bought the house brought their growing family here to begin a sawmill and lumber business that continues in south Alabama today. They built a sawmill on the river east of the house, and although it burned in 1913, their business continued to expand. Eleven of their children grew to adulthood here, and the house was enlarged in 1902 and in 1908. The 16 room structure of the house today is much as the Swifts built it.
In 1976, the house was purchased by Nicholas Coles. An entrepreneur and antique collector, he made this his home until his death in 2007.
Today, carefully preserved and furnished with Mr Coles' beautiful antiques, it is the premier historic home in Baldwin County.
- Sandy Forsman
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