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Gaineswood to hold special tour

Gaineswood will host the “Up, Down and All Around” tour on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parts of the home that are not normally open to the public will be open during the tour.

Gaineswood will host the “Up, Down and All Around” tour on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parts of the home that are not normally open to the public will be open during the tour.

A tour at Gaineswood will give visitors a chance to see some areas of the mansion that are not usually seen.

During the “Up, Down and All Around” tour, the “ring,” the circular observatory that sits atop the house, will be open for tourists to see a panoramic view of Demopolis.

Gaineswood also has an “English basement,” which means there are windows at ground level that provide light and ventilation to the basement area. This area is filled with folklore as the basement plays a role in “The Unquiet Ghost of Gaineswood.”

“This tour is an opportunity for people to see beyond the first and second floors of Gaineswood, the only spaces open to the public during a regular tour,” says site director Eleanor Cunningham. “Visitors often request to see the basement or observatory, but it isn’t possible for us to open those areas regularly.”

The tour will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students age 6-18. This tour is not recommended for children under six.

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information about the tour, contact Gaineswood at (334) 289-4846.

Gaineswood is owned by the Alabama Historical Commission and is a National Historical Landmark noted for its architecture and furnishings.