‘Hidden Treasures’ revealed at historic mansion

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 18, 2005

GREENSBORO-Magnolia Grove of Greensboro, an antebellum home that has been converted into one of the city’s favorite gathering places, plans to offer another fun and informative lecture Saturday as part of their Hidden Treasures of Magnolia Grove program Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

The program was presented last December and was so popular, Cunningham said, it was scheduled for a repeat showing. During the upcoming addition, site director Eleanor Cunningham said they would discuss Sallie Hobson’s recipe book, which was compiled beginning in 1877.

“We will also offer a treat cooked from one of Sallie’s recipes,” Cunningham said. “Participants are urged to bring their family cookbooks and a recipe to share.”

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The program, Cunningham said, will have something for all ages.

“There will be a children’s activity, so we urge families to join us,” Cunningham said. “What a great way to start the holiday season.”

Hidden Treasures has proven to be one of the more popular programs of its kind in the Black Belt. The program began in 2003 and has built a strong reputation, Cunningham said.

“We have been doing this program for almost three years,” Cunningham said. “We have had great participation so far. Of course, some attendance has been better than others, but we have had a lot of fun.”

Magnolia Grove was built around 1840 by Isaac Croom and is a historic site of the Alabama Historic Commission. The Greek Revival style house is also the boyhood home of Spanish-American War hero and progressive statesman Richmond Pearson Hobson.

Magnolia Grove is located at 1002 Hobson St. in Greensboro’s historic district. For more information, call (334) 624-8618.